Sharife Cooper is going to the NBA. Who might be next for Auburn at point guard?
As expected, Auburn isn't lacking for options in its race to replace the former 5-star. Here's a closer look at five top names to watch.
Xavier Pinson (1) and Sharife Cooper (2) (Shanna Lockwood/Auburn Athletics)
On Friday, Auburn got the news that had been expected for weeks — Sharife Cooper was headed to the NBA Draft. And, unlike fellow freshman standout JT Thor, Cooper entered the draft with plans on hiring an agent, effectively ending his time with the Tigers.
Cooper is now the fourth player to leave Auburn’s roster in the last month, as the rate of transfer and draft decisions has exploded all across college basketball. With Cooper on his way to the NBA, Auburn now has to find its next top point guard.
The Tigers already picked up a commitment from graduate transfer Zep Jasper, who was the subject of a scouting report here at The Observer earlier this week. Jasper has the ability to play the point guard spot, but it’s worth noting that the Tigers have pushed for several other options in the portal since Jasper’s commitment. Auburn will most likely sign another point in light of Cooper’s departure, and it’s not compl…