Tahj Shamsid-Deen (above) is a player who earned respect from Coach Bruce Pearl.
Auburn, Ala.-- Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl announced on Friday that former starter Tahj Shamsid-Deen, as expected, is giving up basketball for health reasons and seven-footer Trayvon Reed is not returning for the 2016-17 season.
Shamsid-Deen, a former starter at the point guard, has had multiple surgeries to repair both shoulders. He saw action in just five games this past season.
“Tahj gave it all he had,” said Pearl. “He continued to fight and come back many, many times and that shows how tough he is. The doctors say he has been though a lot, and it is time. He is a true student-athlete with the student being first.
“There is no telling what kind of a season we could have had had we not lost our starting point guard, our best perimeter defender and a true leader,” Pearl said. “He will graduate in December in finance and then will earn his MBA after that.
“He’s a tough kid, and he has a bright future,” Pearl added. “I really appreciate all he did and will continue to do for Auburn.”
Shamsid-Deen started every game as a freshman in 2013-14 and averaged 9.5 points and 2.9 assists. He averaged 6.1 points and 1.5 assists during a sophomore season plagued by shoulder problems that required separate surgeries on each shoulder in February and March of 2015.
“Aside from my family, Coach Pearl and Auburn were my biggest supporters and helped me every step of the way and were committed to me in pursuit of my undergrad and master’s degrees,” Shamsid-Deen said. “I want to thank Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. (Michael) Goodlett and his team with Jermile (Brooks) and Clark (Pearson) and Dave (Walsh).
“I am just glad that Coach Pearl was there supporting me along with the whole coaching staff and the support of the fans,” he added. “I received letters from so many fans after my surgery. That meant a lot to me, and I really appreciate all of the love I received the last three years.”
Reed played in 23 games in 2014-15 after becoming a late academic qualifier in December of that year. He originally signed with the University of Maryland, but had his scholarship offer rescinded after he was arrested on a charge of second degree misdemeanor auslaut for an incident with an off-duty police officer that took place on July 30, 2014 outside a convinces store in Maryland.
He was granted youth offender status and served a 15-day jail sentence in May. A four-star recruit, Reed averaged 8.9 minutes per contest, 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds as a freshman. He did not play in the last two games of the regular season or in Auburn’s three victories in the SEC Tournament before seeing brief action vs. Kentucky in the tournament semi-finals loss to the Wildcats.
Trayvon Reed, shown vs. Xavier, saw very little playing time for the Tigers.
Reed redshirted during the 2015-16 season. He missed fall semester for what Pearl called “personal reasons.” He enrolled for spring classes and worked out and practiced with the team, but did not play in games.
“I appreciate all of the people who have helped me at Auburn,” Reed said. “I am grateful to my coaches and teammates for all of their support.”
Pearl said, “Trayvon worked extremely hard during his redshirt season to come back,” said Pearl. “I wish him well in the future.”