Point Guard Says He Will Transfer to Auburn

Coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers have picked up another commitment for the spring signing period.

The Auburn basketball Tigers have picked up their second commitment for the spring signing period with 6-1, 190-pound point guard Kareem Canty saying that he will transfer to Auburn.

"I will be starting classes this summer and I am excited about it," Canty told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I really like the players I met and I like the coaches, too."

However, Canty later said that he still wants to consider other schools and plans to take a visit to South Florida. He noted that he has also been looking at Penn State.

Canty was a redshirt freshman this past season at Marshall University where the 6-1, 185 point guard averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game for Coach Tom Herrion, who was fired in March. In 2012-13 he attended Marshall, but was not academically eligible to compete for the Thundering Herd.

Because he is transferring from one Division I program to another he can practice with Coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers during the 2014-15 season, but won't be allowed to play in games.

Canty is shown in action at Marshall University.

"I will be able to play for the team my junior and senior season," he said. "I didn't get to meet him on my visit, but I am excited about the opportunity to play for a great coach like Bruce Pearl," Canty added.

The Tigers have picked up one commitment for the spring period from 6-6, 260 Cinmeon Bowers from Chipola Junior College in Florida. In the early period the Tigers signed 6-9 forward Jack Purchase from Melbourne, Australia and 6-6 forward Sam Logwood from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind.

Canty made 37.4 percent of his field goals and hit 30.4 percent from behind the three-point line and 72.8 percent of his free throws. He earned all-conference honors at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn N.Y., and averaged 22 points and seven assists per game for Bridgton Academy in Maine.

The point guard noted that sitting out a season won't be an issue. "I have already done that once my freshman year," he said. "I am going to use the time to work on my game and work on my strength and conditioning," he said.

Asked the best part of his game, "It is getting my teammates involved and being able to score when I want to, but I really like to get my teammates involved."

Canty said he enjoyed Auburn's annual football game and added, "I spent a lot of time with the players and I got to see the campus and the city."

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