Two Tigers Leave Barbee's Program

Two members of the Auburn men's basketball team are checking out of the program.

Auburn, Ala.--Earnest Ross, Auburn's leading scorer and rebounder last season, has left the men's basketball team and backup post player Ty Armstrong has also left Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers.

With those losses, the Tigers will not be over the scholarship limit for the 2011-2012 season.

"I have mutually agreed with Ty Armstrong and Earnest Ross for them to go in a different direction both academically and athletically," Barbee said."We wish them the best in their future."

Ross averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore. He hit 38.9 percent of his field goals and 33.3 percent of his treys and made 79.3 percent of his foul shots.

Ross, a 6-5 guard/forward, played in all 31 games for the Tigers and started 27. He was a two-time All-State selection at Panther Creek High in Cary, N.C.

Armstrong played in just 12 games as he returned from a summer knee injury. The 6-9 sophomore averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds as a reserve in 12 games. He came to Auburn from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla.

The spots on the roster are being filled by November signees Willie Kouassi, a 6-9 post player, and 6-8 Bernard Morena, a 6-8 forward/guard, who recently enrolled in classes at Auburn. Both are from Central Park Christian in Birmingham.

The Tigers also signed shooting guard Cedric McAfee from Memphis, who is expected to enroll at Auburn later this summer. Auburn has also added guard Noel Johnson, a transfer from Clemson who will be eligible to play in December.

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