AU Basketball Signs Oklahoma Transfer

Auburn, Ala.--One day after announcing that center Boubacar Sylla would be leaving the Auburn basketball program, Jeff Lebo announced the signing of Oklahoma-transfer Tony Neysmith, a 6-5 guard originally from Norcross, Ga.

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel stated on April 23 that Neysmith would be leaving the Sooner program in search of a school closer to home. On Tuesday it became official that Auburn would be his new college.

"I am definitely excited," Neysmith said. "It is definitely a great chance to come back close to home and play. I think we have a real good coaching staff. Coach Lebo does a real good job coaching guards since he was a guard at a big-time level. It is just a great opportunity for me."

Neysmith was an honorable mention all-state selection at Norcross High School in 2007 as a part of the class AAAAA State Championship team. He averaged 10.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists his senior season, but was limited in action in his one season in Norman, Okla. He started four games for Capel averaging 0.5 points and grabbing 0.6 rebounds in 22 games.

"We are very excited about Tony joining our program," Lebo said. "He is used to winning and has played for winning programs, and I know he is excited to be at Auburn and to be closer to home."

Per NCAA rules Neysmith must sit out the 2008-2009 season but will have three years to play three starting in 2009-2010.

Neysmith was a three-star prospect out of high school and he chose Oklahoma over St. John's and Charlotte.

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