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Auburn lands top JC guard

A day after his show-cause penalty ended, first-year Auburn coach Bruce Pearl received a commitment from 2015 junior college guard T.J. Dunans from Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College.

Dunans, 6-foot-5, is widely considered the top junior college guard in the nation. He averaged 22.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season.

Dunans will likely start for the Tigers, along with Marshall transfer Kareem Canty, in the 2015-16 season.

Over the weekend, Auburn also got commitments from highly-coveted power forward Horace Spencer and small forward Danjel Purifoy.

The NCAA imposed the penalty after Pearl was hired last spring. One condition was that he could not have contact with recruits until Aug. 24. Pearl was fired by the University of Tennessee in 2011 for lying to NCAA investigators during an inquiry into a cookout hosted by Pearl for three recruits.