That ability to attract talent is why expectations continue to be high for Auburn even as it prepares to move forward without Wiley, McLemore, Purifoy, Okoro, Samir Doughty and J’Von McCormick — the top six players from a team that went 25-6, finished second in the SEC and would have been a top-five seed in the NCAA Tournament before the coronavirus pandemic ended the 2019-20 season. Updated measurables for 2020-21 Auburn basketball roster.

So did three-star Augusta, Georgia, center Dylan Cardwell, who committed this past Thursday.

*** Get 50% off an annual subscription and receive the latest Auburn recruiting and team scoops ***, *** Get FREE Auburn breaking news in your inbox ***. “I think it speaks loudly to the kids' discipline,” Pearl said. Pearl never heard complaints, though, from his young roster.

Pearl didn’t go into specific numbers; the seventh-year Auburn coach said simply that “the vast majority” of his roster were not and still have not been affected by the virus since they returned to campus. "More doors are opened," Pearl said last summer. And Auburn traversed the unprecedented terrain with minimal hindrances from COVID-19. They got up, underwent conditioning with COVID-19 regulations, shot around by themselves, and repeated, every day.

Pearl views some of the restrictions over the course of the summer as beneficial, like an increased focus on the weight room when the practice courts were off limits. Heron (No. Even when Auburn’s academic year began, Pearl wasn’t made anxious by the influx of students on campus. Auburn needed a big man to pair with Babatunde Akingbola after the departures of seniors Wiley and McLemore, and it just so happens that Cardwell’s uncle is Rodney Garner, a former Tigers football standout who has served as the defensive line coach since 2013. — stay socially distant, practice, work out, eat well and go home. "Dylan brings size, speed, athleticism and versatility to his position on the court.

“I know at Auburn I can do both.”. "Two things that were high on my checklist was to grow as a player and as a man,” Cardwell wrote in a post at SI All-American. But that wasn’t the only reason Cardwell chose the Tigers. So how did Pearl and his staff put together such a highly regarded class? This site is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with Auburn University.

CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn officially began practices for the 2020-21 season on Wednesday, with all the coaching instruction, participation and access to equipment that would come with a normal preseason for, When they finally were able to hit the court, they did so with completely solo drills. The former was the 16th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, and the latter is expected to be a lottery pick in this year’s. “Their commitment to social distance, wear their masks, wash their hands, try to place themselves in as safe an environment as they can.”. In just six year under him, the Tigers have experienced three of the four winningest seasons in program history, made three NCAA Tournaments, won two SEC championships (one regular season, one tournament) and made the Final Four. When they finally were able to hit the court, they did so with completely solo drills — one ball, one basket and one rebounding machine per player. “The first time I saw him, probably over at McEachern or at a tournament and he was itty bitty. But as it stands now, it's already the highest-ranked in program history.

Everywhere else they went; ‘How did it compare to Auburn?’” Pearl said. When the Tigers came back to campus for workouts following the nation-wide COVID-19 quarantine late this spring, Pearl said it took almost four weeks for every player and staffer to get acclimated because of testing protocols and various self-isolations that needed to be completed in order for Auburn to begin training safely. Pearl thinks his players even took advantage of a later conclusion to the NBA season this year, opting to stay home and watch basketball rather than go out. Pearl thinks his players even took advantage of a later conclusion to the NBA season this year, opting to stay home and watch basketball rather than go out. Sometimes, there’s a little luck involved, too.