June 29, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - Marco Killingsworth, a 6-7, 235-pound forward who has led the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage each of the last two seasons and earned second team all-league honors in 2003-04, will transfer from Auburn to Indiana University, IU head coach Mike Davis announced today. Although Killingsworth will enroll at Indiana for the upcoming fall semester and immediately begin practice with the Hoosiers, he will not be eligible to compete until the 2005-06 campaign. The Montgomery, Ala., native will have one season of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Davis is excited about the veteran presence that Killingsworth brings to the Indiana frontcourt.
"Marco was one of the top players in a very good league (the SEC), so we're really happy to have him at Indiana," Davis said. "Even though he won't be eligible to play right away, he will still help us a lot. He will push and compete in practice, and that will only help our other guys get better. He has a lot of experience at this level, and that will be a huge influence on our younger guys. He is a great example of what hard work, dedication and a passion for the game can do for you."
Just the 10th player in Auburn history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds in only three seasons, Killingsworth led the Tigers in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) last year. He shot .587 (145-of-247) from the floor to lead the SEC for the second straight season, and his scoring and rebounding each ranked among the top 20 in the league, while his field goal percentage ranked 16th nationally. Killingsworth was second on the team with four double-doubles, including a 23-point, 11-rebound effort against Ole Miss and a 17-point, 12-rebound performance against eventual Elite Eight participant Alabama. These statistics fueled Killingsworth's selection to the Coaches All-SEC second team, the Associated Press' All-SEC third team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 second team.
As a sophomore, Killingsworth helped Auburn to the 2003 NCAA Sweet 16 by starting 33 of the Tigers' 34 games. Killingsworth recorded 25 double figure scoring games, five double figure rebounding games and four double-doubles. He averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, led the SEC in field goal percentage at .550 and earned the Tigers' Outstanding Offensive Player honors. He tallied a season-high 24 points against Georgia State and grabbed 12 rebounds each against Western Michigan and LSU.
Killingsworth earned Auburn's Hustle Award after starting 14 of Auburn's 28 games as a freshman. He shot a team-best .529 from the floor and finished with 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 19.6 minutes per contest. He poured in a season-high 17 points against UNC-Asheville.
A product of Central Park Christian Academy in Birmingham, Killingsworth was one of the nation's most highly-recruited players in 2000-01. A first team Parade All-American who was ranked as the third-best power forward in the country by Hoop Scoop (12th overall player), Border Wars and Athlon's, Killingsworth's 30 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks per game and .670 field goal percentage led Central Park Christian Academy to a 31-1 record in 2001. He was a first-team All-State selection and ranked as the second-best player in the state behind eventual Denver Nugget draft pick Ousmane Cisse.