Attrition Mounts For Barbee's Tigers

Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball team is facing more attrition.

Auburn, Ala.--Forward Josh Langford has been dismissed from the Auburn men's basketball team, guard Noel Johnson has been suspended indefinitely and guard Cedrick McAfee has also been dismissed from the team.

"Cedrick McAfee and Josh Langford have been dismissed from the Auburn men's basketball team for a violation of team rules," Coach Tony Barbee announced on Friday. "Noel Johnson has been suspended indefinitely. We will have no further comment at this time."

Langford, a six-foot-seven forward from Huntsville, had his season cut short due to a concussion suffered in a road game vs. Arkansas. He played in 14 contests this past season with five starts. Langford averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. As a freshman the highly-regarded prospect averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while playing in all 31 games with 12 starts.

McAfee, a six--foot-three guard from Melrose High in Memphis, suffered a stress fracture in his foot and was shut down early in the season. He played just 19 minutes in three games and did not score as a freshman.

Cedric McAfee

McAfee said that he hoped he would have the option to return to the Auburn team as a redshirt freshman, but Barbee's statement made it clear that will not be able to happen. "As of right now it is not finalized where I might go," the guard said.

Asked how he is recovering from his injury, McAfee said, "It is doing a lot better."

Johnson, a six-foot-six guard, became eligible to play after the first semester following a transfer from Clemson. He played in 19 games with three starts.

Noel Johnson

Plagued by injuries he averaged just 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds, which was a major disappointment for Barbee, who was expecting the guard to be one of the team's top scorers.

Earlier this spring a pair of freshmen, center Willy Kouassi and forward Bernard Morena, announced their plans to transfer to another college. Morena was injured and did not play. Kouassi saw limited time in a backup role.

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