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Auburn, Ala.--Toney Douglas, who earned Freshman All-SEC honors at Auburn this past season, is transferring to FSU.
Douglas, who declared himself eligible for the 2005 NBA Draft and then withdrew his name after it became obvious he would not be drafted, was released from his Auburn scholarship on June 14 by Coach Jeff Lebo. However, that release was conditional that it would be to a non-SEC school. FSU plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Douglas, through his father Harry, demanded that his son be guaranteed a spot as Auburn's top point guard. Last season the 6-1 guard started at the two guard spot and saw spot duty as the point guard.
"Toney is a good kid," Lebo said when he released the All-SEC Freshman team selection. "I feel that last year was extremely positive as he had an outstanding freshman season at Auburn. Unfortunately, there were some unrealistic demands and expectations placed upon Auburn basketball and the coaching staff."
At a press conference announcing his decision to test the NBA draft waters, Toney's father said that Lebo should play his son at point guard this coming season. Lebo was in the room at the time the demands were made and the coach and Harry Douglas discussed the situation since the press conference. Shortly after that discussion, Lebo announced that Douglas would no longer be a part of the team.
Lebo refused to make a commitment to play Douglas exclusively at any position, but did note that the sophomore-to-be should expect to play some point guard in addition to the two-guard spot where he started as a freshman.
Douglas was signed by former Auburn coach Cliff Ellis out of Jonesboro, Ga., High, but Ellis was fired as head coach and replaced by Lebo before Douglas enrolled at Auburn last summer. The guard led the Tigers in scoring as a freshman as he averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals last season.
Auburn added a late point guard signee to the recruiting class for insurance after Douglas announced he was entering the draft. The Tigers signed 5-11, 175 guard Michael Woodard of Los Angeles Southwest Junior College. A native of Atlanta, he played at Creekside High before signing with Youngstown State. He spent one season there and transferred to junior college after Youngstown fired its coach.
Woodard averaged 18 points and 6.1 assists per game at LA Southwest.
Douglas lost an appeal to an Auburn faculty committee to grant his release to an SEC school. He could have transferred to another SEC school without the release, but would have to done it for one season as a walk-on.