Freshman of the Year Jabari Smith Jr. and Defensive Player of the Year Walker Kessler will be poised for the 2022 NBA Draft; all attention is focused on how Bruce Pearl will set up Auburn basketball’s line-up next season.
One of Pearl’s top goals this preseason is finding a capable hand to fill the Kessler void, and a worthy successor is Johni Broome. Last week, the forward entered the NCAA transfer portal, parting ways with Morehead State, and is currently available for a transfer.
Broome put Auburn basketball on his list of final eight schools and has an official meeting with Plains scheduled for the coming weekend.
Fans are hyped up with the hope of keeping Broome next season, and possibly with good reason. Bruce Pearl himself retweeted Broome’s Top Eight list, after all. So anticipation is building for the forward’s weekend visit, and fans got excited on Twitter.
A list of contenders for Johni Broome includes Duke, Houston, Gonzaga, Louisville, Memphis, Florida, and Kentucky. However, Broome did not input his name into the NBA Draft process, neither did he hire an agent, and he is not expected to remain in the draft.
Auburn Undercover reports that the big man has some reasonable chance of claiming the Ohio Valley Conference’s defensive player of the year award.