Tiger Point Guard Leaving Team

Depth for the 2004-2005 team is taking another hit with Lewis Monroe checking out.

Auburn, Ala.--The transition in coaching staffs has led to a transition in players for the Auburn men's basketball program.

The latest Tiger planning to leave is senior-to-be point guard Lewis Monroe, who joins center Dwayne Curtis and forward Marco Killingsworth as players who will not be a part of the 2004-2005 team for new head coach Jeff Lebo.

Lewis Monroe

Curtis, who was a freshman last season, has transferred to Ole Miss and will sit out this year as a transfer. Killingsworth, a junior last season who was Auburn's leading scorer, is planning to transfer to Indiana and he will sit out this season.

Monroe, who suffered a preseason ankle injury last season, had a disappointing junior campaign. He played in just 17 games and started 14 times. He averaged six points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He shot 36.5 percent from the field, 33.3 on threes and 73.7 percent at the foul line.

As a sophomore he started all 34 games and averaged 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 42.4 percent the field. He played in 17 games as a freshman with nine starts. He averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Lebo, who is out of town, issued a statement on Thursday afternoon stating, "It's tough losing a player at this time of the year because it is very difficult to replace them. I believe in certain things that are important in a basketball program. We continue to want to build the program with players that believe in the future of Auburn basketball. Lewis is doing what he believes is best for himself."

Monroe told AU officials he is not certain where he will transfer and adds, "I felt that it is best for me to leave. A lot of the people I came in with are gone. I definitely enjoyed the people and my time at Auburn. It has nothing to do with the current coaches. They have been real nice to me and told me to do what is best for me. I just want to try something else."

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