What Auburn basketball is getting in Morehead State transfer big man Johni Broome
The Tigers have landed a top big man who has been one of the best rim protectors in America — and a high-volume, high-versatility scorer.
This time last year, Auburn was one of the busiest college basketball teams in the transfer portal, landing four players who would go on to have key roles in the Tigers’ historic SEC championship campaign.
This time around, it’s a little different. Auburn signed two freshmen in the early period, added a 5-star in Yohan Traore after his de-commitment from LSU and has a chance at another one in Julian Phillips in the near future. The roster turnover hasn’t been quite the same, either, with Devan Cambridge serving as the only outgoing transfer.
The incoming freshman talent and all the experienced returners have meant that Bruce Pearl has been able to be more selective in the portal. And on Saturday, the Tigers landed their biggest transfer target of the period.
Johni Broome, a 6-foot-10 mid-major star from Morehead State, committed to transfer to Auburn over Florida on Saturday afternoon. Broome, who played two standout seasons at Morehead State, has three years of eligibility remaining.
Simply put, Broome was the top big man available in the transfer portal — especially on the defensive end of the floor. Auburn lost a National Defensive Player of the Year in Walker Kessler to the NBA. Now, it’s replaced him, arguably, as best as it possibly could in the portal.