Diame Leaves Basketball Team

Mobile, Ala.--Sophomore forward <b>Abdou Diame</b> was a no-show for Auburn's road trip to the Coors Classic and is expected to leave the AU basketball program in search of more playing time.

Citing a lack of playing time as the reason, Diame has hinted that he will transfer to another school. Averaging just 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.6 minutes of playing time this season, the former standout at Oak Hill Academy played in just five of Auburn's first seven games this season.

Following a solid freshman season that saw him average seven points and 3.3 rebounds in 21 minutes of action a game, the Theis, Senegal native lost playing time due to strong play by freshman Brandon Robinson this season. Averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, Robinson has earned the right to play head coach Cliff Ellis told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Saturday night after his Tigers outscored Marshall 78-60.

"I haven't talked to him," Ellis said. "But he indicated that he wants more playing time. We're not changing our system. Brandon Robinson has won that position and other guys are willing to step up. It's all about who wants to get out there and get it done. Abdou is a good player, but Brandon Robinson won it and there are some other guys that are ready to step up."

Abdou Diame in action vs. Florida last season.

The Tigers, who improved to 5-3 with their victory, return to action Tuesday night when they face the South Alabama Jaguars at 7 p.m. inside Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

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