That is one of the areas that Auburn Coach Tony Barbee and his assistants are trying to tap into as they attempt to build the Tigers into a championship contender. Last year they signed guard Cedrick McAfee from Memphis and several of the city's top prospects were recently on hand for a camp at Auburn.
One of those was talented guard prospect Martavious Newby from Washington High School. At 6-3, 210, Newby is a physical player that can shoot from the perimeter, but isn't afraid to mix it up in the paint either. He showed those characteristics at the Auburn Camp and said he had a good time getting to see the campus for the second time.
"The camp was real good," Newby said. "I got a chance to see a lot of good players. I really didn't expect that much talent. It was a battle. Everybody played hard and just showed respect for Coach Barbee and Coach Madlock. It was nice meeting Charles Barkley. Everybody enjoyed playing in the facility. It was nice."
Playing against Auburn commitments Shaquille Johnson and Jordan Price as well as other talented players such as fellow Memphis prospect Nick King, Newby said the experience was a good one for him in his development as a player. He added that it also showed him how things could be at Auburn with Barbee at the helm.
"It's surprising to me," Newby said. "I never knew their facility was going to be this good. For coach and his staff to move from UTEP to something big like this in the SEC, they have three courts and most schools don't have that. It's beautiful and nice. Everybody loved it."
Currently with seven offers at the moment for basketball and also a very good football player, Newby said he has a list of schools he's working with at the moment and Auburn is definitely one of the teams he's considering.
"My top schools are Ole Miss, Memphis, Auburn, Arkansas, and Missouri," Newby said. "I have offers from all those schools. Auburn has great facilities, a great coaching staff, great players, really it's just the coaches for me. They came from basically nothing to a great facility. There are a lot of players that are wanting to play for him and be a Tiger and play in the SEC."
Newby said he plans to make his decision sometime before his senior basketball season begins.