Hoover's Tanner Verbal to Fortner's Tigers

The Auburn women's basketball team has picked up a verbal from a highly-regarded in-state junior.

Hoover, Ala.--Coach Nell Fortner has picked up an early verbal commitment for the 2012 women's basketball signee class from Hoover High standout TraCee Tanner.

A six-foot-two junior, Tanner helped the Bucs post a 39-1 record during her sophomore season playing on a team with her sister, Tyrese Tanner, who is a freshman at Auburn. Hoover won the Class 6A state championship as Tyrese Tanner was named Alabama's Class 6A Player of the Year.

Tanner's mother told Inside the Auburn Tigers that TraCee chose the Tigers over Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Texas and UAB.

Hoover High coach Donnie Quinn said that Auburn is getting a prospect with plenty of potential. "She has improved tremendously from her freshman year to now and I expect her to continue to improve," he said. "She is six-foot-two now and heading toward six-foot-three.

"She has a very different body than her sister," he added. "She is much larger and is a true low post player. She is a very good prospect who was recruited by just about everybody in the SEC and around the country."

Tanner won't be able to sign until the early signing period in November of 2011.

Fortner has signed one player in this year's early signing period that runs through Tuesday. Hasina Muhammad, a 6-1 guard and forward from Ridgeway High in Memphis, Tenn., who was verbally committed to the Tigers, made it official by signing a letter of intent to play for the Tigers.

"We are really excited about Hasina," Fortner said. "When people see her, they will probably have flashbacks to DeWanna Bonner. She is built like Bonner, not quite as tall as DeWanna, but she is quite a talent.

"She is a very durable player, a very versatile player and a matchup nightmare for an opponent because she can do things inside, outside and handle the ball," Fortner said.


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