And he’s giving himself one more year to take even more steps forward on the college level — back on the Plains, wearing the orange and blue.

The biggest offseason domino for Bruce Pearl and Auburn basketball fell this week, as Broome — a third team All-American, national defensive player of the year semifinalist and SEC Tournament MVP — will run it back for his fifth college season and third with the Tigers instead of parlaying his monster campaign into the start of his professional career.

Especially after Auburn got the veteran point guard it desired in Furman transfer JP Pegues, most other roster questions for the Tigers are now mundane with Broome’s return. Auburn will be a preseason top-10 team, if not top 5. The bitter taste from an unexpected conclusion to a stellar 2023-24 season will be compounded with Broome’s designs on becoming one of the most decorated players in program history.

Broome has an opportunity to become only the third player in program history to be named a two-time All-American, and can certainly cement himself as one of the all-time greats on the Plains.

The reaction and celebration for getting a player of Broome’s caliber back in the fold is warranted on all levels. Simply put, he transformed himself into a star at Auburn over the past year.