Tyler Harris (above) put together a solid all-around performance in Auburn's scrimmage on Wednesday.
Auburn, Ala.--Graduate student transfer Tyler Harris, who led the Tigers in scoring in last Saturday’s scrimmage with 18 points, did it again on Wednesday as he finished with 23 points.
The six-foot-ten forward from Providence hit 8-10 field goals, 7-8 free throws and pulled in six rebounds, one behind scrimmage leader Horace Spencer.
“I thought we made some progress,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “We had a positive assist/turnover ratio (30/27), but we still turned it over too much.” In the previous scrimmage there were 27 assists and 38 turnovers.
“I thought we executed some things well,” said Pearl, who noted he liked the point guard play from Kareem Canty and Tajh Shamsid-Deen.
Kareem Canty will be a junior this season after redshirting in 2014-15.
Canty hit 4-5 field goals, 2-3 free throws and scored 12 points with seven assists, three turnovers and one steal. Shamsid-Deen made 5-9 shots and scored 10 points with three assists and one turnover.
“We didn’t shoot it particularly well (49.3 percent), but I?am not worried about how we shoot it,” the coach said. “We shot it great from the foul line (26-32) again. I have been pretty hard on them. I think today was better.”
Auburn’s second-year head coach said from what he has seen so far the team’s strength is going to be its depth. Five players scored in double figures in the scrimmage that was approximately 12 minutes shorter than a regulation game.
A pair of freshmen got into double figures with Spencer scoring 11 points and guard/forward Danjel Purifoy adding 10 points. Pearl said there is still no word yet on whether or not Purifoy will be academically cleared to play this season.
Devin Waddell, the former walk-on who is now on scholarship, was the second-leading scorer with 16 points. The forward hit 4-6 threes and was 4-4 at the foul line.
A new walk-on, 6-9, 253 freshman Cole Blackstock from Brooks High in Killen, was 4-4 from the field and finished with nine points and three rebounds.
T.J. Dunans is a transfer from Columbia State Community College and is off to a good start in preseason.
Newcomer T.J. Dunans just scored four points, but contributed seven assists with no turnovers. “He is hard to stay in front of,”?Pearl said of the junior guard/forward, who led the Tigers in steals with four. “He really knows how to pass the ball without turning it over. He knows how to control his body so with people running in front of him he doesn’t charge. He is really a smart player.”
Sophomore guard T.J. Lang hit a pair of threes and scored eight points as did senior forward Cinmeon Bowers, who added five assists and four rebounds.
Bryce Brown, who missed the previous scrimmage with an ankle problem, played but did not score. Another freshman guard, New Williams, added three points.
Pearl is giving the players three days off before they return to practice on Sunday. They play an exhibition game on Oct. 30th vs. Brevard College.