Auburn Tigers star guard Kareem Canty, currently on indefinite suspension due to a violation of team rules, declared for the NBA Draft last night and coach Bruce Pearl commented on the decision to local media. Tom Green of Opelika-Auburn News posted Pearl’s comments to Twitter and, to be blunt, Pearl sounds less than thrilled about Canty opting to forego his senior season.
Canty, despite being suspended, leads Auburn with 18.3 points and 5.3 assists per game. His suspension could not have come at a worse time as the Tigers have lost six straight and are 9-14 (3-8 SEC) on the year. On top of that, Canty’s name has not even shown up on draft big boards this season as he is really just an undersized shooter at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has limited abilities on defense.
That could change depending on if he gets reinstated to the team at some point in the near future and he just goes on a tear to close the campaign out, but Pearl’s saying Canty’s declaration was “for personal reasons” reeks of a player declaring just because he’s feeling salty about being suspended.
Just the same, stay tuned to Campus Sports for any further updates on this story!