Bruce Pearl

Charles Barkley praises Bruce Pearl for bringing Auburn basketball to a new level

Charles Barkley played basketball at Auburn and is now one of the university’s biggest supporters, especially when it comes to the men’s basketball team. Barkley appreciates what coach Bruce Pearl has done for the Tigers, including a Final Four appearance in 2019 (the school’s first ever) and winning the SEC regular-season title this past year.
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After rapid roster reload, Bruce Pearl intrigued by Auburn’s new frontcourt versatility

Bruce Pearl was not trying to fool himself; he understood the reality he faced at season’s end. Jabari Smith’s departure for the NBA always felt like an inevitability. He was the most purely talented player to come through Auburn and, as Pearl told it, the best player on the court every single night — one of the many reasons he’s the potential No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. While Pearl knew replacing Smith would be at the top of his offseason to-do list, as the season progressed, he also realized the increased likelihood that Walker Kessler, too, would be one-and-done on the Plains.
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How Bruce Pearl reset Auburn basketball's frontcourt with Johni Broome, Yohan Traore

AUBURN — Bruce Pearl couldn't hear what Johni Broome said at first. So the Auburn basketball coach guessed. Broome called the Auburn basketball coach moments before posting an Instagram live video Saturday in which the former Morehead State big man would announce his transfer destination. It was between Auburn and Florida – coached by Pearl's protégé, Todd Golden.

Bruce Pearl says Tre Donaldson is focusing on basketball only

Two-sport athlete Tre Donaldson will play basketball only as a freshman on the Plains, according to Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Before an Auburn alumni event in Atlanta on Tuesday, Pearl said Donaldson will be playing his games in Neville Arena and not Jordan-Hare Stadium. “He was a highly ranked...

Bruce Pearl reveals secret weapon for Auburn next season

The season ended earlier than the Auburn Tigers wanted, losing in the Round of 32 to Miami in the NCAA Tournament. But over the final few games of the season, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl was incredibly impressed with the growth he saw from third-year forward Jaylin Williams. In Auburn’s...

Bruce Pearl wants to ‘dispel the rumor’ that SEC hoops was overrated in 2021-22

Bruce Pearl wasn’t looking to make excuses, but he wanted to search for answers. Chief among them: Why the SEC — after one of its most promising seasons as a league in years — faltered in the NCAA Tournament. The league sent six teams into the 68-team field, with four of those teams earning a top-four seed: Auburn (No. 2 in the Midwest Region and the fifth overall seed), Kentucky (No. 2 in the East Region), Tennessee (No. 3 in the South Region) and Arkansas (No. 4 in the West Region).

‘Did it peak too soon?’: Bruce Pearl looks back on Auburn’s historic season, early tournament exit

Before Auburn ever took the court this past season, Bruce Pearl had visions of New Orleans. Despite a retooled roster that included five newcomers — four transfers and the highest-rated recruit in program history — Pearl believed this iteration of the Tigers had the potential to make a Final Four run. Those aren’t easy to come by; Auburn’s lone Final Four appearance in program history was just three years ago, in 2019. That’s how highly Pearl thought of this assembled collection of talent.

Bruce Pearl reflects on Jabari Smith, Walker Kessler’s impact at Auburn, NBA futures

Jabari Smith wanted to meet face-to-face with Bruce Pearl before he made his long-anticipated decision public. The consensus All-American and national Freshman of the Year didn’t need to sit down with Auburn’s head coach, but he felt it was not only necessary to talk things through with Pearl, but that it was the right thing to do. When the two met, Smith informed Pearl of what everybody long expected: He was declaring for the NBA Draft, another one-and-done coming through the Auburn pipeline.

Bruce Pearl speaks about difficulty of Walker Kessler's decision, defends SEC's 'overrated' description

Bruce Pearl held a media session on Wednesday to recap the season for Auburn, and the SEC as a whole. Pearl spoke to the strides Auburn made this season, and said the recognition that Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler got at the national level this year was previously unreachable at Auburn. As for Kessler, his decision for next season was not easy.

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl wants to 'dispel the rumor' that SEC was overrated

AUBURN — Looking back on the 2021-22 college basketball season Wednesday, Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl was adamant that in the SEC's lackluster outcomes in the NCAA Tournament were not indicative of the league's overall strength. “I’m going to dispel the rumor that the SEC was overrated during the course of the season," Pearl said. "That’s just not right. Wrong. Demonstrated that throughout the year. I’ll use Kentucky as an example. Kentucky beat North Carolina by how many? And...

Track Auburn basketball's offseason roster movement as Bruce Pearl builds 2022-23 team

AUBURN — With the 2021-22 college basketball season over, Auburn is in the process of reloading. Can the Tigers build on a regular-season Southeastern Conference championship? For the returners, there's unfinished business after Auburn (28-6) entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed then lost in the second round. Roster spots opened up for newcomers, too. Bruce Pearl used 12 of his maximum 13 scholarships last season. He's losing his two best players. ...