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Neysmith signs with Auburn hoops

Norcross grad Tony Neysmith has decided to play his college basketball a little closer to home.

The 6-foot-5 guard has signed a financial aid agreement with Auburn, which was announced Tuesday by Tigers head coach Jeff Lebo. Neysmith played his 2007-2008 freshman season at Oklahoma, but elected to transfer.

He will be eligible at Auburn for the 2009-2010 season as a sophomore.

"I am definitely excited," Neysmith said. "It's definitely a great chance to come back close to home and play. I think we have a real good coaching staff. Coach Lebo does a real good job coaching guards since he was a guard at a big-time level. It is just a great opportunity for me."

Known as a lockdown defender, Neysmith helped Norcross to state titles his final two seasons in 2006 and 2007. He was ranked as the No. 100 high school recruit in his class by Rivals.com in 2007.

Neysmith played in 22 games (with four starts) as an Oklahoma freshman, averaging 0.5 points and 0.6 rebounds for a 23-12 team that made the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners were 3-1 in the four straight games he started against Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas.

"We are very excited about Tony joining our program," Lebo said in his release from Auburn. "He is used to winning and has played for winning programs, and I know he is excited to be at Auburn and to be closer to home."