Jerome Seagears is leaving Auburn's Basketball Programme to be closer to his family, according to reports.

Seagears only joined Auburn a month ago after leaving Rutgers where he averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists last season.

The 20-year-old only decided to move to Auburn in May where he said he would play his final two seasons.

Auburn coach Tony Barbee said in a press release: "Jerome came to me and expressed that he hadn't truly recovered emotionally from his time at Rutgers.

"It is important to him that he continues his academic and athletic career closer to home where he can be near his immediate family and get the support system that he needs."

Seagears originally considered a number of schools when he first transferred, including Arkansas, West Virginia and others, before picking Auburn.

The plan was that Auburn would petition for him to be eligible to play next season, but this will now be unable to happen.

Seagears decided to leave Rutgers after his coach Mike Rice was fired following revelations that he verbally and physically abused and attacked players.

Rice then received private in-patient counselling for anger management but he does hope to return to coaching at some point in the future.

             

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