Cameron Explains Why He Wants to Transfer

Auburn basketball forward Joey Cameron is leaving Coach Jeff Lebo's program.

Auburn, Ala.--Freshman forward Joey Cameron says he plans to transfer from Auburn at the end of spring semester because he is disappointed in the amount of playing time he received as a freshman.

"I don't know where I am going yet," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am weighing out my options."

Cameron played in 26 games as a true freshman and started 12. He averaged 11.4 minutes per contest. He averaged 2.3 points per game and 2.7 rebounds. He shot 48.8 percent from the field and 53.1 percent on free throws.

"I wasn't happy with my role on the basketball team," he says. "I wasn't happy with my playing time or the amount of touches I was getting. It just wasn't working out.

"I guess it was a situation where the coach didn't have confidence in me," he adds. "I wasn't hurt (injured). That wasn't holding me down. It was just a case in which the coach wasn't playing me."

Cameron (42) is shown in action vs. Arkansas.

Cameron's high school coach at Leeds High is helping him look for a new college to transfer to this summer. He also played basketball at Calera High and before that he was located in Notasulga, not far from Auburn. Cameron had verbally committed to another SEC, Tennessee, prior to changing his plans and picking Lebo's Tigers.

"I am hoping to go to a school where they play inside-out, but it really isn't that big a deal what the style of play is because I can adjust to any style," Cameron says. "The important thing is to get the minutes."

When asked how he feels about the Auburn coaching staff, Cameron says, "I am upset with the decision that he (head coach Jeff Lebo) was making. Of course, I wasn't happy. I wanted to play.

"I love Auburn," Cameron adds. "It is like my hometown because I am from the area. I have a lot of friends and family around here. I really hate to leave the area. I have roots here. It hurts me to leave, but I have to do what is best for my basketball career."

Cameron says he is in good shape academically and won't have any problems with his grades when it is time to transfer. "They are definitely okay," he says.

Cameron is the third player from the 2005-2006 team to leave. Point guard Michael Woodard, a juco transfer, quit during the season due to a lack of playing time. Forward Emanuel Willis, who was injured and saw very little playing time at AU after transferring from Southern Cal, is not expected to return next season.


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