Report: Auburn's top-rated freshman, Sharife Cooper, considering overseas options amid NCAA investigation
The Auburn Tigers have had a bad week on the court, and the men’s basketball season hasn’t even started yet.
First, they announced they were self-imposing a 1-year postseason ban due to violations committed by former assistant coach Chuck Person, which came to light back in 2017.
Now, the hits just keep on coming. Per ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, 5-star freshman guard Sharife Cooper — the highest-rated signee in Auburn basketball history — hasn’t practiced in weeks. Borzello says Cooper is exploring overseas options as he waits for the NCAA to make a ruling about his eligibility:
Sources to ESPN: Auburn five-star freshman Sharife Cooper hasn't practiced in weeks and is exploring potential options overseas while he awaits the findings of an NCAA investigation into his eligibility.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 23, 2020
Per the 247Sports composite rankings, Cooper is the No. 24 player in the 2020 recruiting class. He’s the No. 5 point guard and the No. 2 overall recruit from the state of Georgia.
Cooper was going to be counted on to run the point for Bruce Pearl’s squad. Now, with his eligibility up in the air, it seems his time at Auburn could end before he ever plays a game.