2022 Record: 21-13 (10-8)
Head Coach: Bruce Pearl (Career Record 649-256) (Auburn Record 187-111)
PG: Aden Holloway
SG: Denver Jones (FIU 20.1 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 2.0 Ast)
SF: Chad Baker-Mazara (NW Florida CC 15.2 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 2.1 Ast)
PF: Jaylin Williams (11.2 Pts, 4.7 Reb, 2.2 Ast)
C: Johni Broome (14.2 Pts, 8.4 Reb, 1.3 Ast)
6: SG KD Johnson (8.9 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 1.3 Ast)
7: C Dylan Cardwell (3.7 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 1.1 Ast)
8: SF Chris Moore (3.5 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 0.6 Ast)
9: SF Chaney Johnson (Alabama-Huntsville 15.9 Pts, 6.6 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
10: PG Tre Donaldson (2.5 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 1.2 Ast)
11: PF Addarin Scott (Navarro JC 9.3 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
12: SG Lior Berman (2.2 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
The frontcourt duo of Jaylin Williams and Johni Broome returns for Auburn next season. Williams started all 33 games last season for the Tigers and shot 47% from the field as well as 34% from three. The 6-8 245lb forward has grown into a reliable option and a leader for the Tigers. Johni Broome had a great season in his first year with Auburn after spending his first 2 seasons at Morehead State. Broome averaged 14PPG and 8RPG last season proving that he can be an elite player at the high major level. Broome played really well at the G-League elite camp and has the chance to go pro next season. SG KD Johnson had his role diminished on the team last season. He started 31 games in the 2021-22 season and didn’t start in any game last season. He is very physical on the defensive end and always plays with intensity. He’s inconsistent at times on the offensive end which led to his role being diminished. He still brings experience and energy off the bench that Auburn will value next season.
Additional returners for the Tigers include SF Chris Moore, C Dylan Cardwell, and PG Tre Donaldson. Chris Moore has been a solid player on both ends of the floor for the Tigers. He knows his role and plays it very well. He shot 49% from the floor this past season while averaging 4PPG and 2RPG. Cardwell has also spent the past 3 seasons in a reserve role for Auburn. He does a good job coming in as a center off the bench. He’s been very efficient scoring around the interior and shot 75% from the floor this past season. Tre Donaldson was a highly recruited dual sport athlete who had a solid season in his freshman year with the minimal time he got. He proved to be a solid three point shooter with a mark of 41% from beyond the arc last season. Lior Berman is entering his 5th season with the Tigers. He went from a walk-on role and earned his scholarship this past season. He’s a true coaches player and plays very hard when called upon.
Auburn took to the JUCO ranks where they signed SF Chad Baker-Mazara and PF Addarin Scott. Baker-Mazara also previously spent time with Duquesne and San Diego State. He was dismissed from the team at San Diego State then opted to take the JUCO route. At NW Florida State College this past season he performed very well averaging 15PPG and 4RPG. He also shot the ball very well shooting 49% from the floor overall and 47% from three. He should be a starter for the Tigers this season. Addarin Scott adds to the frontcourt depth for Auburn this season. The 6-9 forward spent the past 2 seasons at Navarro College where he averaged 9PPG and 7RPG this past season.
The NCAA transfers that Auburn added this offseason were Chaney Johnson from Alabama-Huntsville and Denver Jones from FIU. Johnson has been an elite scorer at the D2 level for the past few seasons. He will have 2 seasons of eligibility left with the Tigers. He should be an active member of the rotation this upcoming season but it will certainly be interesting to see how he adapts to moving up an entire division in competition. Denver Jones evolved into a high volume scorer averaging over 20PPG this past season with FIU. He proved that he can score the ball from anywhere on the court. He also handles the ball really well and rebounds at a high level for a guard. He has the chance to be the leading scorer for Auburn this upcoming season. Even though there is a big jump from the CUSA to the SEC, Denver Jones seems like a player in a great position to succeed at the highest level.
This years Auburn team has the talent and depth to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament this season. Bruce Pearl doesn’t get enough credit as he is one of the best coaches not only in the conference, but the country. Auburn should finish anywhere from 4th-7th in the conference next season which would easily lock them up for a tournament spot. The Tigers have a chance to make some noise in the tournament as well.