Marshall basketball: Canty’s future still up in the air
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kareem Canty’s future college basketball home remained a mystery just hours after it looked like it was settled.
After being quoted by two Auburn recruiting sites Saturday night saying he would transfer there from Marshall, the point guard reversed course Sunday morning and said he’ll take other visits.
“I wanna thank Auburn for a great time but I wanna make sure I’m 110% sure my next move is my best one and take the rest of my visits !” he tweeted Sunday.
That statement contradicted two attributed to him Saturday night.
“I have some great news,” he was quoted as saying to AuburnSports.com, the Auburn site for Rivals, “I’m playing the rest of my career at Auburn.”
“It feels good to be a War Eagle,” he was quoted as saying to AuburnUndercover.com, the Auburn site for 247Sports.
Canty’s former AAU coach Abdu Allah Torrence told SNY.tv that Canty will visit South Florida and new coach Orlando Antigua on May 2-4. Torrence said what Canty told Auburn reporters was less than a full commitment.
“Somebody asked him if he loved it and he said, ‘I really love it. I really like the school. I can see myself here,’” Torrence told SNY.tv.
Canty was granted a release from his Marshall scholarship after appealing to a three-person committee on Friday, April 11. If the NCAA does not grant him a hardship waiver, he will have to sit the 2014-15 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.
Both Auburn and USF struggled last season, leading to coaching changes. Auburn finished last season at 14-16 and 6-12 in the SEC, and coach Tony Barbee was fired afterward. The Tigers then hired Pearl, who had been working for ESPN since being fired at Tennessee for lying to the NCAA in March 2011. USF fired Stan Heath after back-to-back 12-win seasons and hired Antigua, a Kentucky assistant.
Canty reportedly was considering Penn State as well, but Torrence said he wasn’t sure whether Canty would visit State College, Pa.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.