June 19, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Auburn needed a point guard and Malcolm Canada needed a team.
Recruiting met opportunity Wednesday when the Tigers signed the 6-foot-3 player from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa.
Canada was named a third-team junior college All-America after averaging 20.6 points per game last season while leading Ellsworth in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He originally signed with Tulane, but became available when the Green Wave said he completed one of his courses too late.
Auburn came calling after Jerome Seagears transferred to the Tigers, but then transferred back to Rutgers. Canada then got the call.
"They reached out to my JUCO coach in Iowa because they had seen me before and were interested," Canada said. "They saw me in a JUCO camp. They said I played well and remembered me.
"They needed a point guard and they went back through their notes."
Canada says his game is to "penetrate and find open guys, but with the ability to score."
Auburn has one point guard on the roster, incoming freshman Tahg Shamsid-Deen. He and Canada have a chance for serious playing time.
"I hope to take full advantage of it," Canada said. "I know they have a good freshman coming in, and I think we can work together and we'll be good together."
Canada said he'll be on campus by the end of this week or early next week.
Canada led Ellsworth in scoring, 20.2 points, rebounds at 5.8, assists at 5.2 and steals at 1.6.
Charles Goldberg is Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow Goldberg on Twitter