Bruce Pearl’s rebuilding job just got a little tougher. Earlier today, Jeff Goodman reported that Jared Harper is expected to remain in the NBA Draft, ending his career as an Auburn Tiger.
As a junior, Harper averaged 15.6 points and 5.8 assists. He and Bryce Brown combined for 50 points to lead the Tigers past the Cats in the Elite Eight, absolutely owning Kentucky’s backcourt in the second half and overtime. A strong performance in the G-League Elite Camp earned Harper a spot in the Draft Combine; obviously, he feels the feedback he received was enough to keep his name in. Jonathan Givony ranks him as the No. 64 prospect and the No. 10 point guard available.
Also staying in the draft: Auburn forward Chuma Okeke, who tore his ACL vs. North Carolina in the Sweet 16. The Tigers also lost Bryce Brown, Horace Spencer, and Malik Dunbar to graduation. Combine all five players and 66.9% of the Tigers’ production from last year is gone.