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Basketball Guard Planning to Transfer to Auburn

The Auburn basketball team is adding a transfer from VCU.

A six-foot-four basketball shooting guard, who was a redshirt freshman last season at VCU, told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday that he has signed to play basketball for Coach Bruce Pearl's Auburn Tigers. He plans to enroll in classes this summer as a transfer after playing at VCU.

Samir Doughty, a three-star prospect as a high school senior in Philadelphia, visited Auburn over the weekend. He will have to sit out for the 2017-18 season as a transfer.

"It is just like a family at Auburn and I am looking for a family, and some place I can win," Doughty said. "I think we will be able to win at Auburn."

He averaged 24.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a high school senior and 9.0 points and 3.6 rebounds last season for Virginia Commonwealth, a team that planned in the NCAA Tournament. He hit 40.9 percent from the field and 28.4 percent on three-pointers playing for Coach Will Wade, who was hired away to coach in the SEC.

"Coach Wade went to LSU and that was a big factor in why I left," said Doughty, who noted that he narrowed his choices to Auburn and UConn. He also visited Maryland and was recruited by other colleges such as South Carolina, Pitt, Oregon and SMU.

Doughty, who averaged 2.1 assists per contest and also played some at point guard, scored a season-best 23 points vs. Duquesne.

He originally signed with St. John's, choosing the Red Storm over LaSalle, George Mason and others. As a high school prospect recruiting analyst Brian Snow had these observations on Doughty:

"Though naturally right-handed, Doughty drives capably going right or left. He doesn't finish with dunks but does use the glass well with either hand. His dribbling is tight and his court awareness advanced for his game, and he has shown a knack for making shots in the paint off the wrong foot. Given his relative athletic limitations, those shots could become vital for him at the next level. 

"Offensively, he most closely resembles a scoring lead guard. He's much better off the dribble than he is from long-range, where his jump shot has been rare during my viewings. He'll have to at least attempt a few more jumpers in college. But as a dribbler, scorer and solid playmaker, he could run the point. 

On defense, I prefer him as a wing. Doughty lacks top-shelf quickness, speed and lateral movement, and thus his 6-3 frame will be put to use best defending off the ball. Meanwhile, I saw him earlier this month and he appears to have filled out since last summer: That bodes very well for his odds of transitioning to the wing, should that be required."

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