AUBURN, Alabama — Injuries have ended the career of a star point guard, while a center with a troubled past is leaving the Auburn basketball program.
Auburn’s Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who dealt with multiple shoulder surgeries in the last two seasons, announced Friday his career has ended and he will not return next season. Center Trayvon Reed, who dealt with legal troubles and spent a stint in jail after an alleged assault during a shoplifting incident, has left the program, it was announced Friday.
“Tahj gave it all he had,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. “He continued to fight and come back many, many times and that shows how tough he is. The doctors say he has been though a lot, and it is time. He is a true student-athlete with the student being first.
“There is no telling what kind of a season we could have had had we not lost our starting point guard, our best perimeter defender and a true leader.”
Shamsid-Deen is expected to graduate with a master’s degree in finance in December.
“My parents always set that foundation where I would have to do schoolwork if I wanted to play basketball. That has definitely come into play now that I have decided to end my career in basketball. I am glad that I did that. That has always been my M.O. to get my work done in order to play basketball.”
Shamsid-Deen averaged 6.1 points and 1.5 assists as a sophomore in 2014-15, scoring a career-high 21 points vs. Louisiana Lafayette, including 18 in the second half. He had successful surgery on both of his shoulders, with his left shoulder operated on Feb. 19 and his right shoulder on March 24.
“Aside from my family, Coach Pearl and Auburn were my biggest supporters and helped me every step of the way and were committed to me in pursuit of my undergrad and master’s degrees,” Shamsid-Deen said in a statement. “I want to thank Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. (Michael) Goodlett and his team with Jermile (Brooks) and Clark (Pearson) and Dave (Walsh).
“I am just glad that Coach Pearl was there supporting me along with the whole coaching staff and the support of the fans. I received letters from so many fans after my surgery. That meant a lot to me, and I really appreciate all of the love I received the last three years.”
Reed, a 7-foot-2 sophomore center, is leaving the team before ever breaking into the starting lineup. He played in 23 games as a freshman but did not play last season. He averaged 1.1 points and two rebounds per game as a freshman.
Reed missed the fall semester and returned to the team in the spring.
“Trayvon worked extremely hard during his redshirt season to come back,” Pearl said. “I wish him well in the future.”