AU Basketball Forward Plans to "Move On"

Sophomore forward Alex Thompson said he is going to be leaving the Auburn basketball team.

Alex Thompson (above, right) is shown in action during Auburn's run to the semi-finals of the 2015 SEC Basketball Tournament.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore forward Alex Thompson, who joined the Auburn basketball team as a walk-on for the 2013-14 season, said that he plans to transfer after the spring semester.

Thompson, who is six-foot-eight out of Houston Academy in Dothan, was put on scholarship during his freshman season by former Auburn coach Tony Barbee. He stayed on scholarship this past season for Barbee’s replacement, Bruce Pearl.

“I will forever be thankful to Auburn University, its fans and its basketball program for how meaningful they made the past two years for me,” Thompson said. “I can’t put into words how hard of a decision this has been for me and my family, but we believe it is best that I move on.

“I wish nothing but the best and have nothing but love for all my teammates and coaches here at Auburn,” he added. “(I am) ready to see what God has planned for me next. War Eagle.”

Thompson saw action in 23 of Auburn’s 35 games this past season, averaging 11.3 minutes of playing time in those contests. He scored 2.7 points per game while averaging 1.9 rebounds. Thompson hit 28.4 percent of his field goals. He was 7-37 on three-pointers and 16-26 at the foul line.

Alex Thompson is shown in action as a sophomore.

As a freshman he averaged 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in 20 contests with an average playing time of 7.8 minutes per game.

Thompson originally signed to play for Stetson as an All-State high school senior, but instead enrolled at Auburn after there was a coaching change at that college.

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