Auburn Basketball: 2013 Point Guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen Picks the Tigers

Jon HancockSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2012

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Tahj Shamsid-Deen, a 5'10" point guard from Decatur, Georgia, committed to the Auburn Tigers Thursday. Shamsid-Deen is the Tigers' first commitment for the 2013 class.

Shamsid-Deen is ranked the 46th-best point guard in the 2013 class according to He had offers from Connecticut, Butler, Richmond, Auburn and Northwestern. He also had interest from Kentucky, Tennessee and several other Division I schools.

The 3-star point guard averaged 15 points and ten rebounds as a junior last year at Columbia High School. He has helped Columbia win back-to-back-to-back AAA state championships. He has been named the Georgia state tournament M.V.P. the past two years.

Shamsid-Deen also holds the Georgia all-time assists record. says of Shamsid-Deen, "Shamsid-Deen has a nice lefty stroke, especially for his lack of size. He thrives in transition and can get to the basket or make things happen for others, something all people are looking for in a PG. He has a great mid-range game, complemented by a nice floater to avoid blocked shots."

"Tahj won his middle school championship and has won three state titles," Tahj's father Vince Shamsid-Deen told "So he's never lost, that had to be taken into consideration when coming to Auburn. We trust the coaches as far as putting the right personnel on the floor."

The Tigers are not only getting a quick point guard, they are also getting a terrific student. Shamsid-Deen is an honor student with a 3.9 grade point average. He got a 1580 on his SAT.

Auburn has been hitting the recruiting trail hard for a point guard for their 2013 class. Head coach Tony Barbee will now shift his focus to picking up a strong power forward.