Kareem Canty (above) is in his second season with the team after redshirting as a transfer.
Canty, a 6-1 junior point guard, is averaging 18.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest. He is also Auburn’s leader in assists with 5.3 per game.
“Kareem has had some strong moments for our team this season,” Coach Bruce Pearl said. “He has demonstrated that at the highest level of competition, he can win his matchup. However, his effort and attitude have been extremely inconsistent, which led to actions and behavior that are unacceptable. He will step away from the team for a while and may return later in the season. He is suspended indefinitely.”
Pearl said he had problems with Canty's effort and attitude in both games situatiosn and practices. "It got to a situation where it warranted suspension," he said.
"I apologize to Auburn fans and the Auburn family," said Pearl, who noted the suspension "could last a while." The Auburn ooach noted that power forward Cinmeon Bowers will get playing time at point guard with Canty absent. He said that New Williams will also play the position.
A player who redshirted last year after transferring from Marshall University, Canty is ranked 13th nationally in three-pointers made per game. However, he has been in a shooting slump the past four games, all Auburn losses, as he has hit just 5-34 treys.
Bruce Pearl’s Tigers dropped to 9-12 overall and 3-6 in the SEC after losing their previous game 80-68 to LSU on Tuesday night at Auburn Arena.
Kareem Canty is the ninth player who has missed at least one game for the Tigers this season.
With Canty out the Tigers are down to two fully healthy scholarship guards, sophomore T.J. Lang and freshman Bryce Brown. Another scholarship guard, freshman New Williams, is playing, but is not 100 percent as he recovers from a knee injury.
Junior guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen will not return for the rest of the season after having shoulder surgery. Junior guard T.J. Dunans, who had knee surgery, has not played since Dec. 23rd and it is not decided when or if he will return to action this season as he continues his rehab. Another guard, freshman Danjel Purifoy, has not been academically cleared to play and there is a good chance he will have to wait until the 2016-17 to compete as a redshirt freshman.