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Kareem Canty will transfer to Auburn, not South Florida

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Kareem Canty is back to transferring to Auburn.

The latest twist in Canty’s transfer saga was reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN on Tuesday night. Goodman had originally reported that the former Marshall point guard would be transferring to Auburn on April 19. A day later, Canty backed off that commitment, stating he wanted to visit South Florida before making a final decision.

Then on May 11, Canty announced he would enroll at USF. That lasted 23 days before he reversed his choice.

This past season with the Thundering Herd, Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game. Once he sits out the 2014-2015 season, due to NCAA transfer rules, he will have three years of remaining eligibility.

Canty joins an incoming class which features fellow transfer K.C. Ross-Miller, who will have immediate eligibility. The rest of the group includes JuCo power forward Cinmeon Bowers, a former Florida State signee, Rivals 150 small forward Sam Logwood,Jack Purchase, a 6-foot-9 forward from Australia and former Virginia Tech commit T.J. Lang.

Reports: Marshall transfer Kareem Canty commits to South Florida

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First-year head coach Orlando Antigua scored a major transfer on Sunday in former Marshall point guard Kareem Canty, who committed to South Florida after a series of visits to high-major programs.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com was the first to report the transfer.

Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Thundering Herd this past season, and received his release from Marshall on April 11. In less than 10 days, he had been linked to Auburn and new head coach Bruce Pearl. Although, Canty wanted to visit South Florida and Penn State (he had also scheduled a trip to UNLV for May 12-14) before making a final choice.

South Florida, a team that lost six players since the end of the season, has added three members to it’s incoming class since the start of this month. On May 3, the Bulls received commitments from Nehemias Morillo and Ruben Guerrero.

Landing Canty secures the point guard position for Antigua. Freshman Josh Heath transferred shortly after his father, Stan, was relieved of his head coaching duties. Also, Anthony Collins has only one year of eligibility remaining, leaving the program in the hands of Canty for the start of 2015-2016 season.

Canty was the best available transfer.

Former Marshall guard Kareem Canty sets up three more visits

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Last weekend it was reported that former Marshall guard Kareem Canty, who was one of Conference USA’s best guards in his debut campaign, made the decision to transfer to Auburn on the heels of his visit to the SEC school. However those reports proved to be hasty, with the Harlem, N.Y. native ultimately deciding that he would take more visits before making a final decision.

As first reported by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman on Saturday, the point guard has set up three more visits: South Florida, Penn State and UNLV. Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com supplied the dates of Canty’s three remaining visits:

The 6-foot-1 Canty will visit South Florida May 2-4, Penn State May 9-11 and UNLV May 12-14.

“A decision will be made after UNLV,” Canty said by text.

The most interesting of those four choices may be UNLV, which already has one of the nation’s best recruiting classes and has one available scholarship remaining. The question with regards to that final scholarship is how much of an impact will the recent loss of power forward Khem Birch (NBA) have on the thought process of Dave Rice and his coaching staff.

While the Runnin’ Rebels will have some talented pieces in the front court, including freshman Goodluck Okonoboh, their most experienced player is sophomore Christian Wood and they aren’t particularly deep at either power forward or center as it is. As for Auburn and South Florida, both programs have undergone coaching changes this offseason and need players, period.

The Bulls, now led by Orlando Antigua, have lost six players to transfer and Bruce Pearl isn’t working with a full cupboard at Auburn either. As for Penn State, with D.J. Newbill being a senior this season adding Canty would help account for his departure in 2015-16.

Canty’s one of the best available transfers at this time, and when he makes his decision one of the four programs mentioned above will be getting a very talented player. Which school is the best fit for Canty? He’ll let us know at some point next month.