Bruce Pearl, whom Kareem Canty referred to as a “father figure” and the “best coach in the land,” addressed the junior point guard’s sudden departure on Friday.
“Kareem accomplished a lot on the basketball court,” the Auburn coach said. “I think the frustration of the season, of so many injuries and not winning, those combinations really took its toll on him as a competitor, which then led to the kind of conduct that was detrimental to the team, which put me in a position where he was suspended indefinitely.
“He’s also decided to leave Auburn for personal reasons. It was his decision, and we wish him well.”
Canty, the Tigers’ leading scorer, on Thursday announced on Instagram that he has parted ways with the university and will enter the 2016 NBA Draft. He was suspended for the last two games for reportedly getting into a verbal altercation with an Auburn staff member at practice.
The Harlem, N.Y., native averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 21 starts this season.
I wanna thank Auburn university for everything you guys done for me and letting me pursue my degree here and play the game I love at one of the highest level …..unfortunately life is like a battery you gotta have your positives and negatives…..I decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA Draft and part ways from auburn university….I can’t thank coach Pearl and his staff enough for taking me in and embracing me I love coach Pearl like a father figure best coach in the Land……Very soon it’ll be a new king of the jungle hitting his wrist letting ya know what time it is ? lol ….only the strong survive so again Auburn and coach Pearl and the staff thank you guys for everything……God Got me #AllGlorytoGod #WarDamEagle