Big Man Leaving Auburn Program

Coach Jeff Lebo is losing the biggest player in Auburn history following an injury-plagued freshman year.

Auburn, Ala.--After missing most of his freshman year because of injuries, Auburn center Boubacar Sylla has decided to leave the Auburn program and will be transferring to Wyoming.

"Boubacar had a very difficult first year at Auburn University," Coach Jeff Lebo said on Monday evening. "Along with the season-ending injury, Boubacar had a hard time adjusting to Auburn."

The tallest player in Auburn history, Sylla came to Auburn in the fall of 2007 and looked as if he could help the Tigers in the coming years, but a stress fracture that happened after playing just 13 minutes in three games kept him out for the remainder of the season.

Boubacar Sylla

Signing with Auburn out of Stoneridge Prep in California, the 7-1 Sylla had played very little basketball after he and several teammates transferred from Florida Prep Academy. A soccer goalie for much of his early athletic life in France, Sylla averaged just 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds as a senior in high school. In three games at Auburn Sylla scored three points and added three total rebounds.

The leaving of Sylla leaves Auburn thin on the interior once again with only Korvotney Barber and Josh Dollard set to return this season after both missed all or a portion of last season. Help is on the way from 6-9 junior college player Johnnie Lett as well as 6-7 high school signee Ken Gabriel.

With the loss of Sylla, Lebo doesn't hae anybody left from his two-man 2007 signee class. Forward Tyrell Lynch was not admitted to Auburn due to academic issues.


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