Cedrick McAfee attempts to bounce back

Cedrick McAfee, part of Auburn’s strong 2011 recruiting class, had high hopes for his freshman season under Tony Barbee, but an early-season injury resulted in a medical redshirt, which was followed by a dismissal for a “violation of team rules.”

Now McAfee wants to find a new opportunity to continue his college education and play ball.

Coming out of Memphis powerhouse Melrose High School, the 6-foot-3, prolific-scoring shooting guard with a quick trigger and deep range, had been pursued by schools like Arkansas, Baylor, Florida International and Memphis before choosing to sign with Auburn.

Sometimes a new beginning can breathe life into a player’s career. McAfee is currently evaluating his options and says he hopes a fresh start will help him get back on track to reaching his goal of graduating from college and playing professionally.

McAfee’s summer coach, William Rhodes, said he has fielded calls from a number of schools, noting that McAfee still has a lot to offer a basketball program:

“Cedrick undoubtedly has tremendous talent and a keen desire to succeed on and off the court,” Rhodes said. “He's bigger, stronger and faster than before. Any team that gets him will be getting a player that can step in right away.”

Schools with an available scholarship looking to add some scoring punch will definitely be inquiring to gauge McAfee’s interest. He understands that being dismissed from Auburn’s program may hurt his perception with college coaches hesitant to add a player with apparent baggage, but he hopes that coaches will investigate his situation thoroughly before making a final judgment.

If McAfee handles the transition the right way, stays focused and chooses a school that is the right fit, he could end up fulfilling those high hopes after all.