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SHOCKING: With both of Auburn’s guards from the 2023-2024 season entering the transfer portal, what’s next for the team?

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Breaking news emerged on Tuesday morning revealing that Auburn freshman point guard Aden Holloway has made the decision to enter his name into the transfer portal.

Holloway’s announcement follows closely after sophomore point guard Tre Donaldson declared his intention to explore transfer opportunities just six days prior. Together, Holloway and Donaldson formed the starting point guard duo for Auburn last season, with Holloway starting 26 games and Donaldson starting 10.

With both guards now considering transfers, Auburn seems to be facing the prospect of a total overhaul at the point guard position.

Following the entries of Holloway and Donaldson into the transfer portal, it’s important to keep in mind that their departure from Auburn isn’t guaranteed until they officially sign with another program. There’s always the possibility of them returning to Auburn.

Additionally, Auburn has seen guard Denver Jones take on point guard duties towards the end of last season, suggesting internal options for the position.

Furthermore, the signing of 5-star McDonald’s All-American Tahaad Pettiford, ranked as the No. 1 point guard in the 2024 recruiting class, offers promise for the future of the position at Auburn. However, Head Coach Bruce Pearl has cautioned against assuming Pettiford will immediately assume the role of the team’s primary floor general.

During his junior year at Hudson Catholic in Jersey City, N.J., Tahaad Pettiford showcased his scoring prowess, averaging just over 19 points per game. He notably had four games with 30-plus points and achieved over 40 points twice.

Coach Pearl emphasized Pettiford’s scoring ability and athleticism, highlighting his potential impact on both ends of the floor. Despite his exceptional skills, Pearl clarified that Pettiford isn’t a traditional point guard, though he may see some time at the position.

With Auburn facing the prospect of being without both starting point guards from the previous season, it’s plausible to consider Pettiford filling that role to some extent. However, Auburn must not solely rely on Pettiford, regardless of his versatility and talent.

Pearl and the Tigers’ coaching staff wasted no time in exploring the transfer portal as soon as it became available. However, their efforts intensified following the conclusion of Auburn’s season, particularly after the team’s narrow two-point loss to Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


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