Reserve Point Guard Checking Out

Michael Woodard is leaving the Auburn men's basketball team.

Auburn, Ala.--Michael Woodard's stay as a member of the Auburn University men's basketball team was a short one.

On Tuesday the 5-11, 175-pound point guard from College Park, Ga., announced that he is quitting the team and looks to transfer to another college in hopes of more playing time.

He has played in five games this season as a backup to freshman Quantez Robertson. Woodard is averaging 4.2 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes of playing time per game.

Auburn is the third stop of his college career. He played his freshman season at Youngstown State before transferring to play last season at California's Los Angeles Southwest Community College in 2004-05.

This season he has hit 6-15 field goals, including 2-4 three-pointers. He is 7-8 at the free throw line and has 12 assists and four turnovers.

"I like it here at Auburn, but I want a better role and to play more," Woodard said in a statement he released on Tuesday. "I wish the team good luck."

Michael Woodard leaves the Tigers short another guard. Brett Howell, a junior can play the point, is sidelined with a foot injury.

Lebo said, "We always want what is best for our players, and Michael feels this is best. The timing of Michael leaving is unfortunate for our team. We wish Michael success in the future."

The Tigers, who are 3-2 this season, return to action on Wednesday night after a 10-day layoff. Tipoff time for the home game vs. 5-1 Southeastern Louisiana is 8 p.m. CST.


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