Chuma Okeke

After making it to the Final Four and putting together the best season in Auburn basketball history, the Tigers' prospects for a follow-up performance next season are a bit on the hazy side. 

Auburn will lose the talents of seniors Byrce Brown, Horace Spencer Malik Dubar, who have all used up their eligibility. 

The Tigers also may be without two of their biggest stars, point guard Jared Harper and forward Chuma Okeke, who have both declared for the NBA Draft. 

The pair both declared for the draft before the April 21 deadline, with Harper indicating that he planned to hire an agent. In the past, that would have prohibited him from returning to play another year of college ball. That's not the case this year under a new NCAA rule.

While Harper could still return if he withdraws from the draft by the NCAA's deadline of May 29, it's likely that his career at Auburn is over. 

The odds are better that Okeke, who suffered an ACL tear against North Carolina during the NCAA Tournament, will return for next season if he doesn't get enough interest from teams after testing the NBA waters.

If he decides to return, he could give a big boost the Tigers in the second half of next season. If not, Auburn will have to rely even more heavily on a group of incoming freshmen that includes four-star small forward Isaac Okoro, four-star guard Tyrell Jones and four-star power forward Jaylin Williams. 

After struggling with injuries most the season, Auburn center Austin Wiley appears ready to return for another season on The Plains. That's good news for Auburn, and if he can stay healthy next year, he could play a much larger role and give the Tigers a steady presence inside the paint.

The Tigers will also return forward Danjel Purifoy, guards Samir Doughty and J'Von McCormick, foward Anfernee McLemore, as well as Memphis transfer guard Jamal Johnson, who sat out last season but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

While Auburn should field a solid team next season with the expected returning players and newcomers, the ceiling would be much lower with Okeke and Harper.

Then again, no one gave the Tigers much of a shot this season to make a historic run through three blueblood programs in the NCAA Tournament.

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