Monday, May 2, 2016

Auburn lands MEAC star LaRon Smith via transfer

AUBURN, Alabama -- Auburn has landed another transfer -- Bethune Cookman big man LaRon Smith. He told ESPN he just committed to the Tigers. Shot-blocker.

At first glance, this is a pretty big get for the Tigers and head coach Bruce Pearl. Smith is 6-foot-8, 215 pounds and hails from Palm Bay, Fla. He’s played three years of college basketball, last season playing for Bethune-Cookman.

He averaged 7.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and an incredible three blocks a game for the Wildcats, an output that won him MEAC defensive player of the year honors in 2015-16.

“I look forward to getting a guard’s shot, thinking he’s going to get to the lane easy and have an easy bucket, and then I swipe it,” Smith said via Chris Boyle of The Daytona Beach News Journal. “That’s better to me than dunking the ball.”

Auburn basketball is looking to make some noise under Pearl, and it’s a pickup like this that could go a long way. Pearl is undoubtedly one of the more recognizable coaches in college hoops, but even the big names need to have success on the recruiting trail in order to find success on the court.

For what it’s worth, this is Pearl’s second transfer commit in two days and third in just over a week, so the Tigers are on the right track. Yesterday, the Auburn landed Presbyterian transfer DeSean Murray. Purdue grad transfer Ronnie Johnson also recently committed to Auburn, according to Ryan Black of 247Sports.


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