Q&A With Point Guard Jerome Seagears

Auburn basketball commitment Jerome Seagears does a question and answer session with Inside the Auburn Tigers as he prepares to transfer to play for Coach Tony Barbee's team.

Piscataway, N.J.--Jerome Seagears, a six-foot-one point guard from Rutgers, is planning to enroll at Auburn this summer to play basketball for Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers.

Seagears played two seasons for the Scarlet Knights and will have three years to play two seasons after he enrolls at Auburn. Because Rutgers has released all of its players from their scholarship obligations there is a possibility that the guard will be able to play this coming season for the Tigers without having to go through a transfer redshirt season.

The new Auburn player was rated four stars as the No. 18 point guard prospect in the country by Scout.com when he signed with Rutgers. He averaged 32 points, 9.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds at Flora McDonald Academy in North Carolina 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.

As a sophomore he started 19 games and averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 points per contest. He hit 37 percent of his field goals and was 32-84 on threes (38.1 percent). The point guard hit 73.8 percent of his free throws last season.

Seagears, who on Wednesday announced his decision to play for the Tigers, chose Auburn over Arkansas as well as Marquette, Baylor and West Virginia. Seagears did this interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers on his decision to finish his college basketball career in the SEC:

What led to you and Auburn getting connected in the recruitment process this spring after you decided to transfer from Rutgers?>

"Auburn had recruited me out of high school so I guess the coaches heard I was transferring and I was going to be a free player."

Are there any current players or former players who you tried to model your game after when you were growing up?

"Growing up my favorite player was always Allen Iverson, but in today's game I would probably have to go with CP3 (Chris Paul) and Russell Westbrook. I like CP3's leadership on the court and how he makes everybody on his team better. I also like how he comes to play every night.

"Russell Westbrook also competes every night and has a real passion for the game. He is probably the best player in the game right now, even over LeBron James and Kevin Durant."

What is your favorite NBA team?

"Growing up I liked the '76ers when they had Iverson, but now Oklahoma City is my favorite."

Do you know when you are going to enroll for classes at Auburn?

"Not yet. I don't know if I am going to enroll for classes for the first (summer) session or the second session."

Are you still finishing classes at Rutgers?

"Yes, I have about a week more before I am finished."

When do you expect to find out if you can play for the Tigers this coming season or have to sit out a season as a redshirt?

"I haven't heard yet when the NCAA will make that decision."

After being a football and basketball player in high school, what prompted you to focus on basketball as your college sport?

"When you are playing football you have a helmet and facemask on all the time, but in basketball people can see who you are out on the court and I like that. Also, I love basketball and have since I was born. I have a lot of passion for the game."

Do you have a favorite game from your first two seasons as a college player?

"Probably our game against the University of Florida when we beat them at home (85-82 in double overtime on Dec. 29, 2011). Playing against Billy Donovan and his guys there was a great, big game atmosphere."

Jerome Seagears is shown playing at home for the Scarlet Knights.

On the subject of Coach Donovan's Gators, one of your teammates, fellow guard Eli Carter, announced he is going to transfer to play for Florida. Are you looking forward to competing against him when you guys are in the SEC?

"Yes, that will be fun. We are actually roommates so we talk about that all of the time."

With Auburn really needing an experienced point guard, it seems like you are a good fit for the team. Did the Auburn players and coaches do a good job of emphasizing that to you?

"I could definitely tell that is the case by the way they were recruiting me. When I got down there for my visit I really liked the players and the situation to come in and help the team."

Is there anything else about you as a basketball player or person that you think people would like to know?

"I really have fun playing the game. I am going to do whatever I can to make sure I represent the program in the right way."

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