Auburn, Ala.--Despite showing considerable promise as a true freshman guard for the Auburn Tigers, Kelvin Lewis has decided to leave the program and transfer closer to home. His transfer is the sixth since Coach Jeff Lebo took over the Auburn program three years ago and leaves the Tigers with a roster spot open for next season.
Playing in 21 games last season for the Tigers, Lewis averaged 3.4 points in 8.5 minutes per game. Struggling for the duration of the season with a foot injury suffered in preseason practice, Lewis was a player who likely would have been a larger part of Auburn's plans had he been healthy.
Lebo was unavailable for comment on the departure of Lewis on Tuesday, but a source close to the program confirmed the freshman had requested and been granted a transfer. On Wednesday Lebo issued a statement saying, "Kelvin had a tough first year battling an injury and being away from home. I appreciate his effort this year and certainly understand his desire to want to get back to home in Houston."
Lebo had previously said he expected every member of the 2006-2007 team, which finished 17-15, to be back for the coming season that will start with a summer exhibition trip to Guadeloupe.
Auburn returns all five starters off last year's team along with the other reserves as the Tigers look to earn a postseason berth for the first time under Lebo in 2007-08.
Lewis, who is 6-4, 175 pounds, is the son of Kevin Lewis, an assistant coach at the University of Houston. The guard is expected to join his father's team. Lewis was coaching at TCU when Kelvin signed with the Tigers.