Baker’s Labaron Philon, who averaged 35 points per game as a junior to emerge as one of the nation’s leading scorers, has decommitted from Auburn. (Call News file photo)
By ARTHUR L. MACK
Baker star guard and newly named Mr. Basketball Labaron Philon announced Friday he has decommitted from Auburn.
The nationally recruited Philon, who was one of the top scorers in the country in 2023, said changes in Bruce Pearl’s coaching staff was the primary reason for his decision. Former assistant coach Wes Flanigan recruited Philon before departing Auburn for Ole Miss after the season.
“First off, I would like to thank Bruce Pearl, his staff and fans for recruiting me along this journey!” Philon wrote. “After the news of changes in the program and staff, me and my family have to think about my future. With that being said, I would like to re-open my recruitment. Truly and extremely blessed to be recruited by the Auburn family! Can’t thank you guys enough!”
The 6-4 Philon was also selected Alabama’s Class 7A player of the year after averaging 35 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game as junior.
Philon chose the Tigers two months ago after getting offers from Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
“Auburn’s not out of the mix in any way,” Baker coach David Armstrong said. “It’s just that he would like to look at all of the other options around here as well.”
Armstrong said Philon, who is in an AAU tournament in Atlanta and could not be reached for comment, could get more offers soon.
“This weekend is a live weekend for college coaches to be out recruiting during an AAU event,” Armstrong said. “A lot of my players, including Labaron, are in Atlanta for a live AAU event. I’m sure he’ll see and talk to come other college coaches.”
Philon’s decommitment from Auburn marks the second time in a week the Tigers lost a major commitment. On April 14, Peyton Marshall, a 6-11, 310-pound center from Marietta, Ga., announced he was re-entering the recruiting pool.