Hey, remember when I said Auburn's roster for the 2016-17 season was probably set after the Tigers got a transfer from DeSean Murray of Presbyterian? That, apparently, was wrong.
This afternoon, the Tigers added yet another transfer. This time it's the big man that everyone has been hoping for. LaRon Smith of Bethune Cookman, who led the nation last season averaging 3 blocks per game, has committed to Auburn.
The 6'8, 215 lbs forward was quite the prolific shot-blocker last season, as you can tell by that average. He totaled 96 blocks for the year. That's impressive for someone who only stands 6'8. He'll be a big addition to Auburn's defense in the paint with a newly revitalized (we're told and hope) 7'2 Trayvon Reed and Horace Spencer.
Of course, there's a downside, too. His free throw percentage is horrific. He's .585 from the field, but a dismal .265 from the charity stripe. That's not too promising, since free throws are one of the areas Auburn struggled in the most last season.
Still, Auburn needed a big man, and they got a big man who is more than capable of using his size to positive effect. Here's to hoping that translates into SEC play, as well.
With this, we'll have an updated look at Auburn's 2016-17 basketball roster in the next few days and maybe get a way-too-early depth chart out, as well. I'm thinking Mustapha Heron, Ronnie Johnson, Danjel Purifoy, T.J. Dunans, and Horace Spencer are your starting five in Game 1, but that's just off the top of my head.