Johni Broome is staying at Auburn

Johni Broome is staying at Auburn

Auburn star Johni Broome is returning for the 2024-25 season.

The 2024 SEC Tournament MVP made the announcement Wednesday with a post to his X account (formerly Twitter).

Broome led Auburn to a 27-8 straight-up record and a 21-12-2 against-the-spread mark this past year. He earned third-team All-American honors and was a first-team All-SEC selection.

In 35 games, Broome averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game. He made 54.8 percent of his field-goal attempts, 35.4 percent of his 3-pointers and 61.5 percent of his free throws.

Auburn was a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but it lost 78-76 vs. 13th-seeded Yale as a 14-point favorite in a first-round game out in Spokane, WA. Broome certainly wasn’t to blame, contributing 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot against the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-10 Broome, who plays power forward and/or center, transferred to Auburn after two seasons at Morehead St. As a true freshman in 2020-21, he averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 BPG.

Broome produced 27 points, 12 rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists in Morehead St.’s 86-71 win over Belmont in the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. He had already been named the OVC Freshman of the Year and added OVC Tournament MVP honors with his performance against the Bruins.

The Eagles would lose to West Virginia in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, as Broome finished with 10 points, nine boards, three blocks, one assist and one steal.

Then in 2021-22 as a sophomore, Broome averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.9 BPG. Despite his 32 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks, Morehead St. lost a 71-67 decision vs. Murray St. in the finals of the 2022 OVC Tournament.

Nevertheless, Broome was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Year and earned first-team All-OVC honors for a second straight season.

On April 30 of 2022, Broome committed to Auburn over Florida after being courted by a slew of schools upon entering his name into the transfer portal.

In 2022-23, Broome helped Auburn get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to top-seeded Houston in Birmingham. In 33 games, he averaged 14.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 BPG to become a second-team All-SEC choice.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Auburn has the nation’s #25 recruiting class with three incoming players (for now). Bruce Pearl and his staff have added former Furman guard JP Pegues, who chose AU over South Carolina after entering the portal.

Pegues is a four-star transfer who averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for the Paladins. He also made 36.2 percent of his treys and 87.5 percent of his free throws.

Pearl landed the nation’s No. 1 point guard out of high school in the 2024 class, Tahaad Pettiford, who is a five-star prospect. Four-star forward Jahki Howard is a four-star prospect set to join the Tigers.

Auburn has seen K.D. Johnson (7.1 PPG), Aden Holloway (7.3 PPG) and Tre Donaldson (6.7 PPG) enter the portal in recent weeks. In addition, Jaylin Williams (12.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG) and Lior Berman (1.7 PPG) ran out of eligibility.

Dylan Cardwell (5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG & 1.6 BPG), Chad Baker-Mazara (10.0 PPG), Denver Jones (9.1 PPG), Chaney Johnson (4.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG) and Chris Moore (2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG) are joining Broome in returning, though.

FanDuel currently has 30/1 odds on Auburn to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament. That leaves the Tigers tied for the ninth-shortest odds on the board.