Tuesday , Jun , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Killingsworth withdraws from NBA Draft; leaving Auburn

Auburn, AL (Sports Network) – Marco Killingsworth, Auburn University’s
leading scorer and rebounder, withdrew his name from the NBA Draft on Tuesday
and also announced he is leaving the school, according to head coach Jeff
Lebo.

Killingsworth, a senior, averaged 13.7 points, grabbed 6.9 rebounds and shot
59 percent from the field this past year to lead the SEC for the second-
consecutive season.

“This is certainly typical with coaching transitions,” said Lebo, who was
hired as the team’s coach just over two months ago. “Marco is looking for a
fresh start.”

Killingsworth, who did not hire an agent, will have to sit out one full year.
He would have been eligible to play in the 2005-06 season for the Tigers, but
instead has decided to transfer and will then have one year of eligibility
remaining.

“I have decided to pull my name from the 2004 NBA Draft,” Killingsworth said.
“I am returning to college to finish my degree and will continue to improve my
game.”

Killingsworth finished his three-year Auburn career with 1,041 points for the
Tigers, which places him 25th on Auburn’s all-time list.

“I have spoken with Coach Lebo and have received my release from Auburn and
will transfer,” said Killingsworth. “This decision has nothing to do with the
new coaching staff. I appreciate Coach Lebo’s support.”

Killingsworth, an All-SEC second-team pick by the league’s coaches, had until
June 17 to make a decision on whether to return to school. The draft is set
for June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

AUBURN