FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson's goal of adding more guards for the 2013-14 season isn't going as planned.
Former Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears announced Wednesday he will transfer to Auburn for his final two seasons of eligibility. The 6-foot-1 Seagears chose the Tigers after visiting Arkansas last weekend.
"I Will Be Attending Auburn University To Finish My Student Athletic Career!!! War Eagle," Seagears posted on his Twitter page.
Seagears - who averaged 6.5 points a game at Rutgers last season — may not have to sit out the 2013-14 season under NCAA transfer rules because of the scandal at Rutgers involving Mike Rice. The former coach was fired earlier this month after video evidence surfaced showing he physically abused players.
The NCAA has not made a determination on the status of Seagears or any other Rutgers transfers. Guard Eli Carter announced he was transferring to Florida on Tuesday.
Seagears was one of several guards the Razorbacks recruited in the late signing period. Junior college guard Jamal Jones, an Arkansas native and former Ole Miss player, announced he was heading to Texas A&M earlier this spring. Desmond Lee of New Mexico Junior College also announced he will attend North Carolina State.
Anderson said improving his backcourt was one of his offseason goals after leading scorer BJ Young announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft. The Razorbacks have seven guards — five of which are scholarship players — returning next season. The group includes: Mardracus Wade, Kikko Haydar, Fred Gulley, Ky Madden, Anthlon Bell, Rickey Scott and Dee Wagner.
Arkansas signed two forwards — McDonald's All-American Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley — in the early period.
The Razorbacks also have received a verbal commitment from 2014 point guard Anton Beard.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau