Antoine Mason to Auburn

Antoine Mason is the latest pickup for Auburn and new coach Bruce Pearl.

The 6-foot-3 Mason is the son of former Knick forward Anthony Mason and averaged 25.6 points last season at Niagara. He also considered Providence, as well as Memphis, Cincinnati and others.

“It was close but [I liked] the intangibles,” Mason told SNY.tv. by text.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Auburn also added Marshall transfer Kareem Canty, junior college forward Cinmeon Bowers and small forward T.J. Lang in the late period.

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West Virginia Lands Brooklyn PG Tarik Phillip; Cinmeon Bowers to Auburn

TarikWest Virginia on Sunday landed a pledge from junior college point guard Tarik Phillip of Brooklyn and Independence (Kan.) Community College.

“I just committed to West Virginia,” the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Phillip told SNY.tv by phone. “I feel like it was the right fit. It was close to home. The town was very nice. The players was nice. They showed me a good time. It was pretty cool.” To read more of this story, click here

Jerome Seagears on the Move Again (UPDATED)

Jerome Seagears is on the move again.

Less than a month after leaving Rutgers in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal, Seagears is departing another school, too.

Auburn announced that the 6-foot-1 point guard was moving on from the SEC program in order to return closer to his home in Silver Spring, MD.

“Jerome came to me and expressed that he hadn’t truly recovered emotionally from his To read more of this story, click here

Seagears to Auburn, Rutgers Players Could Get Waivers

Jerome Seagears on Wednesday became the third former Rutgers player since Mike Rice’s firing last month to pick a new destination.

“I Will Be Attending Auburn University To Finish My Student Athletic Career!!! War Eagle,” he Tweeted.

Seagears’s announcement follows that of Eli Carter, who on Tuesday Tweeted he was headed to Florida, meaning two former Rutgers guards will suit up next season in the SEC. A week ago, junior wing Mike Poole said he would play for Iona.

All three players could get waivers to play immediately next season given the extenuating circumstances surrounding Rice’s firing.

“NCAA staff is prepared to move quickly in reviewing any request it receives,” the NCAA said in a recent email to The Associated Press.

Sources told SNY.tv that it’s yet to be decided by the NCAA if all the Rutgers players will be allowed to play without sitting.

The only “blanket” waiver the NCAA has ever done was in the Penn State case, and although this situation was different some have made comparisons between the Penn State and Rutgers cases.

Seagears had also visited Arkansas and also considered Baylor, Marquette, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

The 6-foot-1 native of Silver Springs, MD, averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists last season.

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Jordan Dickerson Enjoys Auburn, SMU Up Next

Jordan Dickerson enjoyed his visit this week to Auburn and plans to check out SMU next Wednesday, his uncle told SNY.tv.

“No, he didn’t commit [to Auburn],” Darrell Crawford told SNY.tv, referring to the 7-footer from Brooklyn. “He liked [Auburn].”

Dickerson visited the SEC school after the tragedy involving the shooting death of three people, including two former Auburn football players.

“It was crazy,” Crawford said. “It was quiet where he was at.” To read more of this story, click here

Brandon Mobley Close to Deciding

Brandon Mobley is down to Auburn, Seton Hall and DePaul and hopes to decide after taking an official to DePaul in early April.

“Yes, sometime within the next two weeks,” Mobley said Tuesday by phone. “I’m actually going to visit DePaul as soon as I get off spring break.” He said the DePaul visit was set for April 8-9.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc., has already taken visits to Auburn and Seton Hall.

As for Auburn, he said, “I like the facility, the campus. It’s a brand new arena. I like the team and it being closer to my home.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Gets Win in Rice's Homecoming

PITTSBURGH – Mike Rice’s homecoming had a happy ending.

In his first game in his hometown since leaving Robert Morris after last season, Rice led Rutgers to a convincing 63-54 victory over Auburn in the SEC/Big East Invitational at the Consol Energy Center.

“It’s fun,” said Rice, who estimated nearly 200 family and friends were in the crowd. “When you play the game it doesn’t matter where you play. But doing it in a city where a lot of my family and friends can see it, it was an enjoyable experience.”

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NCAA Clears Cam Newton

After all that, Cam Newton was suspended for just one day.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that after a one-day suspension, the Auburn football star had been reinstated and is “immediately eligible to compete.”

The NCAA said that Newton’s father, Rev. Cecil Newton, and another unnamed person “worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football.”

Auburn has limited the access Newton’s father has to the athletics program and Mississippi State has disassociated the involved individual. To read more of this story, click here

Jack to South Kent; St. John's Staffing Update; Hofstra Release; Cothron to Auburn

Kadeem Jack is headed to South Kent, a prep school in Connecticut, for a year before going on to college.

“I spoke to Kadeem Jack last [Monday] night and he gave me every indication that he will be attending South Kent next year,” South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said Tuesday.

Jack himself texted various Arizona media outlets with the same news.

“Felt like I needed 2 get my skills and my body and my confidence up so when I go into college I can make a much bigger impact,” Jack told Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star. To read more of this story, click here

Kevin Willard to Interview With Seton Hall; Barbee Takes Over at Auburn

SYRACUSE – Iona coach Kevin Willard will interview for the Seton Hall job, possibly as early as Thursday, multiple sources with knowledge said.

Seton Hall has already interviewed Siena coach Fran McCaffery, Robert Morris coach Mike Rice and Vermont coach Mike Lonergan.

A source with knowledge said Rice and Seton Hall had a “great conversation” and that the coach “will see” what happens next. To read more of this story, click here