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VCU Guard Samir Doughty transferring to Auburn

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Charhair    336

https://www.fanragsports.com/news/vcu-transfer-samir-doughty-committed-auburn/amp/

By Jon Rothstein
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Samir Doughty (2) takes a shot during a college basketball game between the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the George Washington Colonials on February 08, 2017, at Charles E. Smith Center in Washington D.C. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire)

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Samir Doughty (2) takes a shot during a college basketball game between the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the George Washington Colonials on February 08, 2017, at Charles E. Smith Center in Washington D.C. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire)

     

Former VCU Rams talent Samir Doughty has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Per NCAA transfer rules, the Philadelphia product will have to sit the upcoming campaign before being eligible to play in the 2018-19 college basketball season.

As a freshman last season, he averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-4 guard also shot 41 percent from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the arc.

Earlier in the offseason, the Rams hired Mike Rhoades to replace Will Wade as the program’s head coach.

Where does VCU go from here?

Rhoades spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the Rice Owls. The team made a dramatic improvement last year after only winning a total of 24 games in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The Rams have not missed the NCAA Tournament since the 2009-10 college basketball season. The team has won 25 or more games in each of those seasons.

As for the Tigers, Auburn will be entering the fourth year of the Bruce Pearl era. During Pearl’s third season with the Tigers, the program saw its best win total (18) since the 2008-09 college basketball season. It wasn’t good enough to make the NCAA Tournament.

Auburn lost six of its last eight games to finish off its season.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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AU64    1,703

Maybe I just missed the posts....but i never saw this coming .  BP not planning on running short of guards in years to come.

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Mikey    1,383

We'll be installing the super-secret 5-guard offense. The smaller high schools use it when they don't have a player over 5' 11".

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PUB78    95
1 hour ago, CameronCrazy said:

And we still only have one player over 6'8... and that one player will be leaving after next year!

Woefully short of big men on this team. No pun intended!

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AU64    1,703
17 minutes ago, Mikey said:

We'll be installing the super-secret 5-guard offense. The smaller high schools use it when they don't have a player over 5' 11".

Time to dust off the old "shuffle" that Joel Eaves ran  back in the day....It would be new and revolutionary....again.

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AuburnNTexas    760

I am hoping he is one heck of a defender as 40% shooting and 28% from 3 point range is not exactly lighting it up especially at a position where we already seem to have a lot of quality players. I have been and still am a big BP fan but I have to admit this doesn't make much sense to me unless BP thinks we will be loosing some players at this position after next year.

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Charhair    336
16 hours ago, CameronCrazy said:

And we still only have one player over 6'8... and that one player will be leaving after next year!

I see what you're saying. But I would also consider Spencer a big body in the college game, even though he's only 6'8. 

And while it's looking like Wiley is gone after this season, he could come back. Plus we've got EJ Montgomery committed who is an inch or two under being a 7 footer right now. 

And although we don't have a thread for him yet, we've offered a top 5 (nearly 7 foot) center from the 2019 class as wel.

 

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gravejd    179
7 minutes ago, cole256 said:

Unless this guy is an uber defender....no

Yeah kind of a head scratcher....but coaches must see something there they can work with

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cole256    1,393

It scares me as if they don't believe they are going to get quality guards coming in

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AUBURN, Ala. – Samir Doughty, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound guard from Philadelphia, Pa., and VCU, has signed a financial aid agreement to attend Auburn University, head coach Bruce Pearl announced Tuesday. 

Doughty, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting this upcoming season, played in 35 games, starting 15, averaging 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 23.1 minutes per game as a redshirt freshman for VCU, which lost to Saint Mary’s in the NCAA Tournament first round. 

“Samir brings experience, versatility and the ability to make his teammates better as a play maker and slasher,” said Pearl. “Samir can play several positions on the floor. Like a lot of Philly guards, he's got swag to his game and will enjoy the fast tempo of Auburn Basketball.” 

Doughty shot 40.9 percent from the floor, 28.4 percent from 3-point range and 76.6 percent from the foul line as he was the Rams’ fourth-leading scorer. He averaged the most points by a VCU freshman since Shawn Hampton in 1998-99. 

“I am just happy to be a part of the Auburn Family,” said Doughty. “It is very friendly-oriented. I am able to play for Coach Pearl. He is one of the best coaches in college basketball right now. He has some very good assistants who can help me get through this process. I am just ready to enjoy the process.” 

He shot 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from 3-point range for the final 21 games of the season since Jan. 4 after opening the year 4-of-26 from behind the arc. 

Doughty had a career-high 23 points with nine assists and seven rebounds at Duquesne and just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds vs. St. Joseph’s. He scored 17 points in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament vs. Richmond and had nine points in the NCAA Tournament vs. Saint Mary’s. 

He averaged 24.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 59 percent from 2-point range as a high school senior at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School in Philadelphia, Pa. 

Doughty joins three other incoming Tigers for next season in November signees four-star Davion Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School; four-star Georgia Mr. Basketball Chuma Okeke, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Atlanta, Ga., and Westlake High School; and Malik Dunbar, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound guard/forward from North Augusta, S.C., and the College of Central Florida. 

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Mikey    1,383
50 minutes ago, Tiger said:

What a name for a high school

Their cheerleaders face an ongoing challenge!

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