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AUBURN | Bruce Pearl and his staff have been searching for a sit-out transfer with a defensive reputation.
They found him Sunday.
Guard Samir Doughty, a 6-foot-4 guard who spent last season as a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth, has agreed to transfer to Auburn. He will sit out the upcoming season and will enter the 2018-19 campaign as a sophomore.
Doughty signed with the Rams out of a high school in Philadelphia, Pa., which is Auburn assistant coach Harris Adler's area of recruiting expertise. Working almost exclusively at shooting guard, Doughty averaged nine points per game while shooting 47 percent from inside the arc. He shot 77 percent from the three-throw line.
He is considered a quick, capable slasher with a high defensive ceiling.
Doughty is no stranger to changes in allegiance. He signed with St. John's out of high school, but was released from his Letter of Intent after a coaching change. He announced plans to leave VCU in May after a coaching change in Richmond.