Diminutive PG Tahj Shamsid-Deen pops for Auburn

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Tahj Shamsid-Deen isn't going to jump out at you immediately when watching his team play. After all, he's only 5-foot-9 (on a good day). However, he burst onto the scene during the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, averaging 15.7 points and nearly four assists during the 20-game season.

After his initial performances in April, he went into the summer hearing from a long list of schools that included UCLA, Northwestern, Connecticut, Butler, Richmond, Harvard and others.

On Thursday, Shamsid-Deen ended his recruitment, committing to Auburn.

The talented point guard from Columbia (Ga.) knows how to push the ball in transition, and is savvy enough to pull up and shoot if the driving lane isn't there. Shamsid-Deen, a lefty, gets his teammates involved and is also an aggressive on-ball defender.

Shamsid-Deen is Auburn's first commitment in the class of 2013.

Jefferson to Arizona?

Arizona has been the leader for five-star forward Rondae Jefferson throughout most of the past few months, and the Wildcats only extended their lead during Jefferson's official visit last weekend.

We reported Sunday that a commitment could be imminent, coming as early as this week. With Jefferson hosting the Wildcats' staff for an in-home visit Thursday, that announcement could be coming tonight.

Commitment Catchup

  • Dominique Elliot, Oklahoma
  • Levi Cook, West Virginia (2015)
  • Denzel Gregg, Fordham
  • Cody Wichmann, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Devonte Graham, Appalachian State
  • Elijah Bryant, Samford
  • Quinton Hooker, North Dakota
  • Nathan Bowser, The Citadel
 
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