Auburn coach Bruce Pearl comments on Kareem Canty going pro

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.

Pearl: Canty has decided to leave Auburn for personal reasons. It's his decision, and we wish him well.

— AUBlog (@AUBlog) February 12, 2016

Pearl: Typically you'd make these announcements postseason, but as you guys are all aware … Kareem has decided to forego his senior season

— AUBlog (@AUBlog) February 12, 2016

Pearl: We move forward & we try to find some offense against the best FG% defense in the league and best 3ptFG% team in the country

— AUBlog (@AUBlog) February 12, 2016

Pearl said the coaching staff knew that there was a possibility Kareem wouldn't be here next year. Figured he would put his name in Draft

— AUBlog (@AUBlog) February 12, 2016

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.

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