Arkansas transfer Desi Sills signed a financial aid agreement with Auburn on Wednesday, according to coach Bruce Pearl.
Sills, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a key player on the Arkansas squad that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament this past season.
“Desi is a proven winner,” Pearl said in a news release. “He’s a fierce competitor and a tough, physical defender. He’s got the ability to create for himself as well as others. Playing in our up-tempo system should bring out the best of him. If he plays as well against others as he did against us, we hit the jackpot.”
His two highest-scoring games of the season were against Auburn, as he scored 23 points on Dec. 30 and 22 on Jan. 20.
Overall, Sills averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 32 games (15 starts) last season as a junior. He averaged 20.7 minutes.
Sills has two seasons of eligibility remaining, one due to the NCAA’s “free year” policy because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Playing time might have been part of the equation that led to Sills’ decision to leave Arkansas. As a sophomore, he averaged 31.2 minutes and 10.6 points per game.
He expressed unhappiness on March 31 when he announced he was entering the transfer portal.
“I’m going somewhere I can be Desi Sills and not be (held) back! That’s that on that,” Sills wrote on Instagram.
In three seasons with the Razorbacks, Sills averaged 7.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 98 games (47 starts). He made 103 3-pointers with 47 coming during his sophomore season.