After leading Auburn in scoring as a true freshman for Coach Jeff Lebo's first team on the Plains everything looked good for the Tigers until that fateful day Douglas announced for the draft.
Taking it upon himself to put into question Lebo's coaching and Douglas' current and former teammates, Harry Douglas set in motion the events leading up to last week's announcement that Douglas would be leaving Auburn in search of another school. Tuesday's press release from the Douglas camp puts an end to a strange and sad era in Auburn basketball and now Douglas moves forward to find another home, one where hopefully his father won't find the welcome mat if the new coach knows what's best for his program.
The following is the press release sent out Tuesday night by the Douglas family:
"Today June 21st, I have decided to withdraw my name from the 2005 NBA Draft. I have enjoyed the process and the knowledge gained. The NBA experience was a positive one and I did very well in my workouts. All the General Managers spoke highly of me and my talent. Many of them think in a year or two that I will be a first round pick. Currently, I have not yet begun to search for another university to attend. My family and I will not take interviews. Please respect our wishes."
Thank you for your cooperation.
To Auburn Fans and Students,
"I'm really going to miss the students at Auburn University because they were my biggest supporters. I will miss the student section in the arena. It was an awesome feeling knowing that the students were behind me. Auburn will always be a part of me because what I was able to accomplish there. I have no bad feelings, but from a basketball point of view, I felt I needed to move on so that I would have the opportunity to develop at the point guard position. I had a great time at Auburn University. I will cheer the War Eagles Nation on when they are playing. I also wish my former coaches and teammates the best. Go War Eagles!"