Shaq Shows Out At Auburn Camp

Auburn commitment Shaq Johnson discusses his recent camp visit and what he likes about the Tigers.

Alpharetta, Ga.—Names such as Charles Barkley, Aaron Swinson and Chris Porter may soon have another join their group of some of the best dunkers in Auburn history and the name is Shaquille Johnson. An Auburn commitment, the athletic guard is considered one of the top guard prospects for the 2013 class and easily one of the best dunkers and most athletic players in the country for his graduating year.

Recently Johnson was one of around 200 basketball prospects on hand for the Tony Barbee Basketball Camp at the Auburn Arena. He was far from the only highly-rated prospect either as fellow commitment Jordan Price and top junior Nick King also stood out in the one-day camp. Johnson said for him it was another great experience on the Plains.

"It was a pretty good camp," Johnson said. "We had good competition from all over the nation. I think everybody came and did good. Our team didn't do so good. Me and Jordan went like 1-5, but we were just working on our game and getting better.

"It meant a lot to see so many good players there," he added. "It shows we're going to come up and be a better team."

For Johnson and Price it was yet another chance to continue to build chemistry on the court to get ready for when both suit up for the Tigers. Johnson said the two have become really close in the last few months and it's something he thinks is a positive for the future.

"We play together all the time," Johnson said. "At the Kevin Durant Camp we played together. It's real big because we're going to be playing together for four years at Auburn. It's real big."

Solid in his decision to choose Barbee's Tigers, Johnson said having the opportunity to camp at Auburn and see everyone once again only strengthened his bond.

"I love it at Auburn," Johnson said. Coach (Milt) Wagner taught me a lot. He used to hoop too. He was very good. Coach Barbee coaches well. I just like being around him.

"I've got a good relationship with Coach Wagner," he added. "The first time I went there I just loved it. I love the facility too."

Johnson took part in the LeBron James Kings Academy Camp beginning last week in Ohio.

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