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March 30, 2013

Matthew Atewe maxes out Auburn’s list of returning scholarship players, incoming commitments

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com

AUBURN, Ala. – Barring any changes of heart or departures from the program, Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has his 2013-14 men’s basketball roster set in place.

3-star power forward Matthew Atewe of Notre Dame (Mass.) verbally committed to Auburn over Nebraska, Charlotte and Nevada on Saturday, first reported by AuburnSports.com.

Eight scholarship players are scheduled to return from last year’s 9-23 outfit – including four in their final year of eligibility – and the younger players have sworn they will return to the Tigers rather than transfer, as some players have done in the recent past.

Three have already inked their national letter of intent in early signing period, and two others are set to officially commit in April.

Here’s the breakdown of Auburn’s expected 13 scholarship players in 2013-14, with their year of eligibility or recruiting status:

Point guard: Brian Greene Jr. (soph.), Tajh Shamsid-Deen (signed in November)

Shooting guard: Chris Denson (sr.), KT Harrell (jr.), Jordan Price (soph.)

Small forward: Allen Payne (sr.), Shaquille Johnson (soph.), Dion Wade (verbal commit)

Power forward: Jordon Granger (soph.), Matthew Atewe (verbal commit)

Center: Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (sr.), Benas Griciunas (signed in November), Ronald Delph (signed in November)


  1. That roster doesn’t exactly bring forth a bubbling confidence about next season. That’s IF, for the first time in Barbee’s time at Auburn he doesn’t lose a bunch of players over the summer.

    Even if they all stay, it’s hard to see how that roster can improve the team to middle-of-the-pack in the SEC.

    Comment by MikeP — March 31, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  2. KT Harrell will be a RS Jr instead of a Sr.

    Comment by Mark — March 31, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

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