Dollard To Miss Season, Prowell Suspended

Auburn will open the men's basketball season without a pair of starting forwards.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's top returning scorer will miss the entire 2007-2008 men's basketball season and another returning starter has been suspended from the team for six games.

Junior forward Josh Dollard will take a medical leave absence from Jeff Lebo's squad for the entire season with the intention of returning for the 2008-2009 team, the Auburn coach said on Monday.

Quan Prowell has been suspended for the first six games of the 2007-2008 season for what Lebo called a violation of team rules.

Prowell began last season on suspension and played in 21 of Auburn's 32 games. The 6-8 forward from Columbus, Ga., averaged 12 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Dollard began the 2006-2007 season on suspension, also. He averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 23 games as a sophomore.

"The important thing is that Josh has the support of his coaches and teammates," Lebo said. "We hope that everyone will respect his privacy."

Josh Dollard

Commenting on Prowell, the head coach said, "Quan needs to focus on his priorities. When he begins to exhibit the qualities of accountability and dependability, he will be welcomed back to play with us."

Prowell's earliest return date is Dec. 5th for Auburn's game vs. West Virginia in Birmingham.

The Tigers will open their exhibition season on Thursday at 7 p.m. as Bluefield College comes to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The regular season open at Tulane on Nov. 9th.

Prowell, a transfer from Furman University, redshirted in 2005-2006 after transferring to Auburn. He hit 43.2 percent of his field goals last season and 76.2 percent from the foul line. He was a standout for a U.S. team on a goodwill tour of China earlier this year.

Dollard, who is from Prince Avenue Prep in Hemingway, S.C., hit 49 percent of his shots last season and 68.2 percent from the foul line. He had four double-doubles last seaso for the Tigers.

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