Seagears Chooses Auburn, Greene Leaving

Basketball point guard Jerome Seagears is leaving Rutgers and will transfer to Auburn.

Piscataway, N.J.--Jerome Seagears, a point guard at Rutgers, announced on Wednesday that he will transfer and play basketball for Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers.

Seagears is expected to take the roster spot held by freshman gaurd Brian Greene, Jr., who is planning to transfer following spring semester.

Brian Greene Jr. is shown in action for the Tigers.

Greene averaged 2.9 points per game last season. He played in 28 contests with two starts. He averaged 11.6 minutes of action per contest and 0.8 rebounds per game. He had 30 assists and 17 turnovers while shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent at the foul line to go with 41.9 percent three-point shooting.

The six-foot-one Seagears chose the Tigers over Arkansas, where he visited last weekend. He took an official visit to Auburn during the A-Day weekend April 19-21. Seagears also considered Marquette, West Virginia and Baylor.

A player who was rated four stars and the No. 18 point guard prospect in the country by when he signed with Rutgers as a high school senior, he 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.

This past season as a sophomore he started 19 games and averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 points per contest. He made 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.

With starting point guard Josh Wallace playing as a senior this past season, Seagears is expected to have a good chance to start for the 2013-14 season for the Tigers if he is cleared to play immediately by the NCAA. Rutgers is releasing any of their men's basketball players from their scholarship obligations after former coach Mike Rice was fired after being accused of being abusive to players on his team so Seagears hopes he won't have to sit out a season as redshirt.

Seagears, whose hometown is Silver Spring, Md., was rated as the No. 89 overall prospect on the Top 100 prospects listing as a high school senior.

Ryan Seagears

The guard said that he hit it off well with the members of the Auburn team on his visit as well as the coaching staff, particularly Barbee and Ryan Miller, the assistant who is recruiting the point guard for the Tigers. "Coach Miller and Coach Barbee are just good dudes," he said. "They are always looking out for your best interests."

The Tigers have signed three players in the spring period. The group includes 6-7 Chris Griffin from Wabash Valley Community College, 6-7 guard/forward Dion Wade from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., and 6-9 Matthew Atewe from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

In the early signing period the Tigers added 7-0 center/forward Benas Griciunas from Findlay Prep, 7-0 center Ronald Delph from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and 5-9 point guard Tajh Shamsid-Deen from Columbia High in Decatur, Ga.

Greene, who played at IMG Academy, is originally from the Chicago area. He joins Jordan Price as members of Auburn's 2013 signee class who will not be back next season.

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