Kareem Canty Suspended by Auburn: Latest Details and Comments

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Jan 23, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Auburn Tigers guard Kareem Canty (1) signals a play while being guarded by Florida Gators forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the second half of a basketball game at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Auburn has suspended junior guard Kareem Canty indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, the school announced Saturday, per WIAT's Chris Renkel

"Kareem has had some strong moments for our team this season," head coach Bruce Pearl said in the statement, according to Renkel. "He has demonstrated that at the highest level of competition, he can win his matchup. However, his effort and attitude have been extremely inconsistent, which led to actions that are unacceptable."

Through Saturday, Canty is averaging a team-best 18.3 points per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 36.1 percent shooting from three.     

According to the press release, Canty also ranks third in the SEC by dishing out 5.3 assists per game and 13th in the nation with 3.29 three-pointers made a night. 

For a team that had lost four straight with Canty entering Saturday's conference showdown with Georgia, Auburn could be staring at a bleak future without its leading scorer.

Although he's never been particularly efficient, Canty's fearless attitude in isolation situations has made him the team's go-to scorer in bail-out situations. That much was clear when he dropped 26 points in an upset win over a 14th-ranked Kentucky team on Jan. 16. 

Tyler Harris will likely be asked to shoulder a heavier burden and assume the role of primary scorer so long as Canty is away from the team.