Auburn A Finalist For Point Guard Prospect

A class of 2013 point guard prospect talks about his visit to Auburn and interest in Tony Barbee's Tigers.

Decatur, Ga.--Point guard Tajh Shamsid-Deen said after taking an official visit to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn University basketball program he could see himself fitting in with the Tigers.

The Columbia High star noted he is getting close to making his college choice. Auburn is on his short list along with Butler, where he visited last week, and Richmond, where he is scheduled to visit this coming weekend.

Shamsid-Deen noted he also has offers from Harvard and UConn, but does not plan official visits to those colleges.

"The visit was great," he said about his weekend in Auburn. "I got to bond with the team and the coaches. I could definitely see myself being at Auburn."

An honor student with a 3.9 grade point average and a 1580 SAT, who wants to major in accounting or finance in college, he noted he doesn't want to say who his leader is until he takes all of his official visits and talks over his decision with his parents, who made the trip to Auburn with him for the official visit.

Shamsid-Dean said that he is looking for a place he will fit in with the players and coaches that has a "family feeling" with "good academics." He said that Auburn looks strong in both those areas and his family had a good time on the visit.

A standout at Barbee's summer prospects camp where he gave opposing guards trouble staying with him because of his ball-handling skills and quickness, Shamsid-Dean is scheduled to start for a fourth consecutive season at Columbia. He has helped his team win the past three Class AAA state titles and he was MVP of the championship the past two years.

Shamsid-Deen, who said he is 5-10, 162 pounds, averaged 15 points and 10 assists as a junior. "I try to be a scoring point guard,"?he said. "Whatever my team needs me to do, that is what I try to do."

Asked what he believes his best attributes are as a player, the high school senior said, Probably my quickness and my pull-up jump shot."

Another part of his play that stands out is a long history of winning in both high school and AAU basketball. "Ever since I was little I hated to lose," he said. "Winning three state championships kind of defines who I am--a winner and competitor."

The guard said he really likes assistant coach Milt Wagner, who is recruiting him for Auburn, as well as Barbee. "Barbee is a good guy, a nice guy," Shamsid-Deen said. "I met his family, ate his house and I enjoyed myself."

Shamsid-Deen said that Barbee told him that with Josh Wallace being a senior this season the opportunity was there for him to earn immediate playing time at Auburn as a freshman. "Coach told me once he leaves the keys would be in my hands and I can run the team," he said.


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