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Shaq Johnson dismissed

Auburn has lost another basketball player.

The latest to leave the Tigers’ program prematurely is sophomore guard Shaq Johnson, who was released from the team Thursday due to a violation of team rules.

According to CBSSports, Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. He was booked in at the Lee County detention center.

“We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court,” head coach Tony Barbee said in a statement. “I am very disappointed in Shaq’s choices and actions, and they won’t be tolerated.

“This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete.”

Johnson played in all 32 games as a freshman, starting 21. He averaged 18.1 minutes per contest and scored 6.2 points per game in SEC play.

Johnson is the fourth of Auburn’s six 2012 signees to leave the program. Forward Shareif Adamu was dismissed last fall. Point guard Jordan Price left the team in April and point guard Brian Greens announced he was transferring this summer.

Seven of Barbee’s signees and four others have left the program prematurely over the last three years.

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