Barbee's Tigers Adding Juco Point Guard

Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers have picked up another prospect for their 2013-14 basketball team.

Iowa Falls, Iowa.--Tony Barbee's basketball Tigers are replacing Rutgers transfer Jerome Seagears with another point guard who played at a junior college in Iowa.

Malcolm Canada, a 6-3, 215-pound sophomore, averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals for Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls for the 2012-13 past season has signed with the Tigers. He was named a third team junior college All-American this past season.

"I visited Auburn yesterday with my guardian yesterday and really loved," Canada said on Wednesday. "After visiting I knew that is where I want to go. I really liked the coaches and the campus."

He takes a roster spot that was previously committed to Seagears, who signed with the Tigers, but returned home soon after arriving for classes this summer. He is expected to return to Rutgers and play this season for the Scarlet Knights.

With Seagears gone the Tigers were down to just one point guard on the roster, incoming freshman Tajh Shamsid-Deen.

Canada, who is from Austin, Tex., originally chose to play for Tulane before changing plans and heading to the SEC. He also considered St. Louis. He has signed scholarship papers with Auburn after taking an official visit on Tuesday. Canada said he will start classes at Auburn on Monday.

"He is a very good player," Ellsworth head coach Troy Muilenberg told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is a player the Auburn fans are going to enjoy watching."

Canada has graduated from Ellsworth and had signed with Tulane, but needed an additional math class to transfer to the college in New Orleans. With not enough time for him to be able to do that this summer, Tulane released him from his scholarship and Auburn made an offer, which he point guard accepted.

The guard led the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference in assists, points scored, field goals and free throws made. He hit 44.2 percent of his field goals and 31.4 percent of his three-point shots as a sophomore. He made 68.4 percent of his free throws and had a 1.8-1 assist/turnover ratio.

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