Former VCU Rams talent Samir Doughty has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Per NCAA transfer rules, the Philadelphia product will have to sit the upcoming campaign before being eligible to play in the 2018-19 college basketball season.
As a freshman last season, he averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-4 guard also shot 41 percent from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the arc.
Earlier in the offseason, the Rams hired Mike Rhoades to replace Will Wade as the program’s head coach.
Rhoades spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the Rice Owls. The team made a dramatic improvement last year after only winning a total of 24 games in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The Rams have not missed the NCAA Tournament since the 2009-10 college basketball season. The team has won 25 or more games in each of those seasons.
As for the Tigers, Auburn will be entering the fourth year of the Bruce Pearl era. During Pearl’s third season with the Tigers, the program saw its best win total (18) since the 2008-09 college basketball season. It wasn’t good enough to make the NCAA Tournament.
Auburn lost six of its last eight games to finish off its season.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.