Kareem Canty will have a new college basketball home.
The freshman point guard, who was a Conference USA all-freshman and third-team all-conference pick last season for Marshall, will transfer to Auburn and new coach Bruce Pearl, according to several published reports.
Canty decided late Saturday night after a visit to Auburn’s campus. He was granted a release from his Marshall scholarship after appealing to a three-person committee on Friday, April 11. Reports also had him considering Penn State and the University of South Florida.
Unless the NCAA grants Canty a hardship waiver allowing him to play right away, he will have to sit the 2013-14 season. It will be the second season in the last three that he sat, as he was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA early in the 2012-13 season.
When Canty debuted last season, he finished fifth in C-USA in scoring (16.3 points per game) and third in assists (5.45 per game). His 538 points this season is the second-highest freshman total in program history behind Skip Henderson’s 584 points in 1984-85. The Herd finished last season at 11-22 overall and 4-12 in the conference.
After former Marshall coach Tom Herrion’s resignation on March 14, Canty took to Twitter to announce he would transfer. Marshall’s athletic department initially denied the request, leading to his appeal.
Auburn finished last season at 14-16 and 6-12 in the SEC, leading to the firing of coach Tony Barbee. The Tigers then hired Pearl, who had been working for ESPN since being fired for lying to the NCAA in March 2011.
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