Mack's Back For Basketball Tigers

<b>Mack McGadney's</b> suspension has been lifted and the senior will return to basketball practice on Tuesday.

McGadney, who was Auburn's leading scorer and rebounder last year when he went down with a knee injury during a 93-86 victory over Louisiana-LaFayette, was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. McGadney was averaging 16.9 points and 9.3 rebounds through eight games.

The 6-7, 250-pound senior was not eligible for a medical hardship redshirt last year because he played in more than 20 percent of his team's games.

Coach Cliff Ellis says that McGadney will move to center when he returns to practice on Tuesday afternoon. He will compete for playing time there with sophomore Kyle Davis, who set a school single season record for blocked shots last season. Davis averaged 4.8 points and 5.9 rebounds.

McGadney and fellow senior Lincoln Glass were both suspended from the team in preseason for unspecified violations of team rules. Glass has not been reinstated. If he does return, he will be competing for playing time with freshmen Dwayne Mitchell and Lewis Monroe plus junior Marquis Daniels, who has not played the position since his junior year in high school. Daniels can also play shooting guard and small forward. Last year, he filled in at power forward after the injury to McGadney, who was starting at that position.

McGadney started four games as a freshman and averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. He started 11 times as a sophomore with averages of 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Glass, a 5-10, 195 senior, has played one season for the Tigers after transferring from Lincoln Trail, Ill., College where he was the nation's top junior college foul shooter hitting 92 percent of his free throws. As a junior at Auburn, he averaged 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists with seven starts and an average playing time of 20.8 minutes per game. He hit 34 percent of his field goals and 89.1 of his free throws as a backup to Jamison Brewer, who jumped to the NBA after his sophomore season.

Auburn opens its exhibition season on Thursday, Nov. 1 with a 7 p.m. game vs. the Global Sports All-Stars. The Tigers then play the Double Pump All-Stars at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9th in another exhibition. The regular season begins on Friday, Nov. 16th vs. Highpoint at 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.


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