Point Guard Expected to Visit Barbee's Tigers

Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball Tigers are still recruiting prospects in addition to the players already on board for the 2013 class.

Jerome Seagears, a six-foot-one sophomore point guard who is transferring from Rutgers at the end of the current academic term, is expected to be in Auburn this weekend for an official visit to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball team.

Seagears, who was rated four stars and the No. 18 point guard prospect in the country by Scout.com when he signed with Rutgers, averaged 32 points, 9.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds at Flora McDonald Academy for the 2010-11 season.

As a freshman at Rutgers he averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists while starting 25 games, including the final 22 of the season.

Jerome Seagears is shown in action as a sophomore at Rutgers.

This past season he started 19 times for the Scarlet Knights. He averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. Seagears hit 37 percent of his field goals and was 32-84 on threes (38.1 percent). He hit 73.8 percent of his free throws last season.

Seagears, whose hometown is Silver Spring, Md., was rated as the No. 89 overall prospect on the Scout.com Top 100 prospects listing when he signed with Rutgers, which earlier this month fired its head coach, Mike Rice.

Normally, if a player transfers from one Division I school to another he is required to sit out a season as a redshirt. However, exceptions to that rule can be made by the NCAA under unusual circumstances, which is certainly the case at Rutgers, where the university president has stated that all players on the team who want to transfer are being granted releases.

In addition to Auburn, Seagears is expected to visit Arkansas and West Virginia and may take additional trips.

Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin, who committed to the Tigers on Sunday, signed his scholarship papers on Wednesday, the first day players can do that in the spring period. He is a 6-7 forward at Wabash Valley Community College and will be a junior this coming season. He had previously been committed to Rutgers.

Dion Wade

Dion Wade, a 6-7 guard/forward at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., also signed on Wednesday with Barbee's Tigers joining his teammate, seven-foot center/forward Benas Griciunas, who signed with the Tigers in the early period in November. Wade is from Belgium and Griciunas is from Lithuania.

Later this week the Tigers are expected to sign 6-9 center/forward Matthew Atewe, a verbal commitment from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, who is originally from Ontario, Canada.

Another possibility for the spring signing period is 6-3 guard Frank Bartley, who took an official visit this past weekend. He is also considering Utah and Marquette, but has not visited those colleges yet. He played at Future College Prep in Los Angeles last season after playing high school basketball in Baton Rouge, La., where he was a two-time All-State pick.

In the early period the Tigers signed seven-footer Ronald Delph at IMG Academy and point guard Tajh Shamsid-Dean at Columbia High in Decatur, Ga., in addition to Griciunas.

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