BY AARON BRENNER | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUBURN, Ala. – Guys checking in and guys subbing out at a rapid pace marked – and sometimes marred – the Auburn men’s basketball team’s 2012-13 season.
Turns out the off-season transactions are following the trend.
Within a few hours of each other Wednesday, former Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears announced his commitment to join the Tigers, while former Auburn point guard Brian Greene Jr. tweeted his decision to leave the program.
An Auburn spokesperson was unable to confirm either move, though a team source confirmed Greene’s departure. Head coach Tony Barbee has not made himself available to talk to reporters since the end of a 9-23 season March 13.
Seagears tweeted Wednesday, “I Will Be Attending Auburn University To Finish My Student Athletic Career!!! War Eagle”.
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard from Silver Spring, Md., Seagears averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 63 games over the past two seasons with the Scarlet Knights, before coach Mike Rice was fired in early April amidst a player abuse scandal.
The web sites covering Auburn indicated Seagears and the Tigers will seek a waiver for him to play immediately this fall, foregoing the one-year transfer waiting period.
If Seagears is successful, that means in the roster’s current makeup, eight of Auburn’s 13 scholarship players in 2013-14 did not play last year for the Tigers.
Only guards Chris Denson and Shaq Johnson, forwards Allen Payne and Jordon Granger and center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum return, plus KT Harrell’s eligibility is reinstated after sitting out 2012-13 after transferring from Virginia.
Greene, who came to Auburn last summer from IMG Academy in Florida, averaged 2.9 points and made 42 percent of his 3-point tries amidst sporadic playing time.
Greene had this to say in the postgame locker room in Nashville after Auburn’s SEC Tournament defeat to Texas A&M: “I’m pretty sure this whole group will stick together. We’ve got a brotherhood that can’t be broken.”
Fellow guard Jordan Price decided to transfer out April 19.
Greene tweeted Wednesday evening from his hometown Chicago: “I’m announcing that I will be transferring from Auburn University. Thank you Tiger Nation for the support and good luck moving forward.” A little later, Greene thanked his followers for their support, adding “you will see me again.”