Shaq Johnson dismissed from Auburn Tigers basketball team

Auburn Tigers forward Shaq Johnson (5) is defended by Alabama Crimson Tide guard Trevor Lacey (5) during the first half at Auburn Arena. (John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)

Forward Shaq Johnson (5) is no longer with the Auburn Tigers basketball team. (John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)

Considered one of the top 25 players at his position in the nation coming out of high school, Shaq Johnson has been dismissed from the Auburn Tigers basketball program after his sophomore season.

“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. “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 was recently arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, which ultimately led to his dismissal from The Plains.

A Tigers team that struggled to a last-place finish in the SEC a year ago needs all the help it can get moving forward. Auburn finished 9-23 overall and 3-15 in-league. Johnson played in every single one of the contests, starting 21 games.

Johnson averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game a year ago and would have been an upperclassman leader in 2013-14.