Auburn Guard Has Surgery

Auburn, Ala.--An Auburn University men's basketball point guard had surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his foot.

Deyane Reed, a 6-1 sophomore from Houston, Tex., suffered an injury in the opening of three games for the Tigers who played an exhibition tour in Cancun, Mexico. The Tigers returned home from the trip Monday night.

"It was a tough day for DeWayne in the first game," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo says. "He came down on somebody's foot. We found out that he did have a break and he had surgery (Tuesday). We hope to have him back by the beginning of practice.

"He is a kid we thought had a good 10 days of practice," Lebo adds. "This trip we thought it would really benefit him and a few other guys because we were going to play a lot of people and it was a tough break for DeWayne. Better that it happened now than it happened right when the season starts because I think he will be ready, hopefully, knock on wood, 100 percent when we start practice around October 15."

The Tigers scored more than 100 points in each of their three victories in Cancun.

"We got a lot out of the trip," Lebo says. "I thought the kids played well at times and we played three consecutive days in pretty oppressive heat in a gym that was un-airconditioned so I kind of like that. They had to play in a little different environment.

"The team that we played twice, the first two nights, they were men," Lebo adds. "They were older guys who were very physical. They had some Americans on the team so it was good for us."


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