Barbee's Tigers Get Point Guard Commitment

A Georgia high school hoops star is on board with Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers.

Decatur, Ga.--Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball team has picked up a commitment from Class of 2013 point guard Tajh Shamsid-Deen from Columbia High School.

Shamsid-Deen, who said he is 5-10, 162 pounds, averaged 15 points and 10 assists as a junior. He chose Auburn over Butler, Richmond, UConn and Harvard.

Shamsid-Deen's coach at Columbia the past three years, Phil McCreary, tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that Auburn is getting a special player.

"Tajh holds the all-time assist record for the state of Georgia and he did that as a junior," McCreary notes. "He led his team to three state championships as a freshman, sophomore and a junior and he was the state AAA Player of the Year all three seasons.

"He was also the leading scorer on his team the past three seasons and he is a three-time All-State player," the coach adds. "The kid is a proven winner. Good things happen when the ball is in his hands."

A standout at Barbee's summer prospects camp where he gave opposing guards trouble staying with him because of his ball-handling skills and quick feet and quick hands, he was also a standout on the AAU circuit this summer playing for the Southern Stampede.

Shamsid-Dean is expected to start for a fourth consecutive season at Columbia High for the 2012-2013 season. He has helped his team win the past three Class AAA state titles and he was Most Valuable Player of the championship game the past two years.

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 took an official visit to Auburn this summer. He noted Auburn's combination of academics and athletics attracted him to the university along with the coaching staff.

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.

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