Thursday , Jul , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Auburn’s Monroe to transfer

Auburn, AL (Sports Network) – Auburn point guard Lewis Monroe has requested
and received his release from the basketball program.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Monroe started 14 of 17 games as a junior last year,
averaging 6.1 points and a team-best 3.6 assists per game.

“I felt that it is best for me to leave,” said Monroe, who has not indicated
where he will transfer. “A lot of the people I came in with are gone. I
definitely enjoyed the people and my time at Auburn. It has nothing to do
with the current coaches. They have been real nice to me and told me to do
what is best for me. I just want to try something else.”

Monroe will have to sit out one full year if he transfers to another Division
I school and will then be eligible to play in the 2005-06 season with one year
of eligibility remaining.

“It’s tough losing a player at this time of the year because it is very
difficult to replace them,” head coach Jeff Lebo said. “I believe in certain
things that are important in a basketball program. We continue to want to
build the program with players that believe in the future of Auburn
basketball. Lewis is doing what he believes is best for himself.”