Kareem Canty to 'part ways' with Auburn, enter NBA Draft

It appears Kareem Canty has played his last game as an Auburn Tiger.

The junior point guard posted a series of messages on social media Thursday night to announce his plans to "part ways" with Auburn for "personal reasons" and enter the NBA Draft in June.

Canty, who was suspended Saturday for conduct detrimental to the team, was Auburn's leading scorer this season. He averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in 21 starts.

"I wanna thank Auburn university for everything you guys done for me and letting me pursue my degree here and play the game I love at one of the highest level," Canty wrote on his Instagram account. "Unfortunately life is like a battery you gotta have your positives and negatives.....I decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA Draft and part ways from auburn university....I can't thank coach Pearl and his staff enough for taking me in and embracing me I love coach Pearl like a father figure best coach in the Land......Very soon it'll be a new king of the jungle hitting his wrist letting ya know what time it is [?] lol ....only the strong survive so again Auburn and coach Pearl and the staff thank you guys for everything......God Got me #AllGlorytoGod #WarDamEagle"

According to Rivals, Canty got into a verbal altercation with a member of Auburn's coaching staff Feb. 4 and was subsequently asked to leave practice. Head coach Bruce Pearl has not given a specific reason for Canty's suspension. The Tigers have struggled in losses to Georgia and Tennessee without Canty and currently stand at 9-14 overall and 3-8 in SEC play.

"This one is self-inflicted," Pearl said during a radio appearance before Auburn's loss to Georgia Saturday. "I apologize to our fans and the Auburn family because it's my job ultimately to put our team together and make sure that we're all healthy and eligible and available and all those different things. ... Kareem has done a lot of very positive things. He's shown at times against the highest competition he can win his matchup. His national numbers are what they are, but inconsistent effort and attitude has led to conduct that is unacceptable - both in the game situations and at practice and just off the court. It got to situation where it warranted suspension."

When asked Monday if Canty had played his last game for the Tigers, Pearl said, "That would be between Kareem and myself."

Canty began his college career at Marshall in 2013-14 before transferring to Auburn and sitting the 2015-16 season out. He quickly developed into Auburn's most productive offensive player and a reliable 3-point shooter, leading the team with 69 makes from long range. However, he made just 14.7 percent of his 3-pointers in his last four games, all Auburn losses.

Without Canty, Auburn has been left with few options at point guard. Tahj Shamsid-Deen and T.J. Dunans have both been sidelined with injuries for weeks, and Pearl started 6-foot-8 forward Cinmeon Bowers at point guard in the last two games. Freshman New Williams and walk-on Patrick Keim have also filled in at the position. Auburn signed one point guard in the 2016 recruiting cycle, four-star prospect Jared Harper of Atlanta.

AL.com's attempts to reach Pearl Thursday night were not immediately successful. An Auburn spokesperson said they were unaware of the situation. Canty's posts on Twitter and Instagram can be seen below.