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It's All About the Fit for Auburn's Newest Basketball Signee

Auburn's newest addition to the basketball roster has multiple reasons for joining the Tigers.

Samir Doughty's new college basketball home at Auburn is a place where he will reunite with a familiar face.

Horace Spencer, who is heading into his junior season for the Tigers, is originally from Philadelphia, which is Doughty’s hometown.

“I was with Horace basically the whole time I was on my visit, said Doughty, who signed with the Tigers on Sunday and will begin classes next week at AU as a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth.

“I have known him since I was eight or nine back in Philly and I have played against him,” said Doughty, a guard who averaged 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this past season.

“I also know Mustapha (Heron) from AAU and knowing a couple of players actually helped the decision be easier for me,” he pointed out. Heron will be a sophomore guard for the Tigers for the 2017-18 season.

Also helping him with the decision was his relationship with Auburn assistant coach Steven Pearl.

“I spent a lot of time with Coach Steve,” Doughty said. “He is very cool and he helped me make this process a lot easier than it was.

“He helped me felt comfortable and I am comfortable with all of the coaches,”?Doughty added. “That is a big factor why I chose Auburn.”

A good relationship with the coaching staff is a big deal to Doughty, who decided to leave VCU after Will Wade, the head coach, left that program to take over at LSU. “He was a great coach for me,” Doughty said. “It is all good now. We are in the same conference so we will see each other again.”

The guard noted that he chose the Tigers over the UConn Huskies and others. “I had a good relationship with Coach (Kevin) Ollie at UConn so it was basically down to those two schools,” he said. “I want to thank UConn for recruiting me the way that they did.”

Commenting on his official visit to Auburn over the weekend, the guard said, “They just treated me like family--every last person I talked to. The players and the respect they have for the coaches is important to me and it is an environment I think I can adapt to pretty quickly.”

Doughty noted that he currently measures in at 6-5, 187 pounds. Primarily a two-guard, he has also played the point and small forward. Asked what his main position is, he said, “Whatever the coach asks me to play is my main thing.”

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