Barbee's Tigers Add Pair Of Commitments

It was a busy weekend for Tony Barbee's Auburn men's basketball team with official visits and commitments.

The Auburn men's basketball team picked up two more verbal commitments for the 2012 signee class from a high school senior forward and a junior college big man. The Tigers now have four verbal commitments for the early signing period in November.

Jordon Granger, a 6-8 forward from McCluer North High in Florissant, Mo., committed to Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers on an official visit to check out the Tigers. He got his offer from Auburn during the visit.

Also on board with the Tigers is 6-11, 225-pound center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum from Chattahoochee Tech in the Atlanta area.

"I enjoyed Auburn to the fullest," Granger said of his official visit. "The atmosphere and the fan base are great. I loved the arena and everybody was just like one big family. People knew who I was coming in as a recruit and I loved the love that was shown me there."

Granger, who is 17 years old, said he currently measures in at 6-8 1/2, 190 pounds and expects to grow at least another inch taller.

The high school senior said he believes his defense is the best part of his game and he is working on his ball handling and outside jump shot as he prepares for his senior season. "I want to be more a threat on the perimeter as well as in the paint."

Granger concentrates on one sport. "I play basketball year-around," he said, noting his AAU team is the St. Louis Eagles.

He said that he was recruited by a variety of colleges such as Arkansas, Missouri, Missouri State, Detroit, Illinois, Illinois State, Ohio University and others. However, he said he is committed to the Tigers now.

"Coach Barbee is a great guy," Granger said. "He is like talking to one of my uncles." The forward said he has developed a strong relationship with Auburn assistant coach Tony Madlock since the Tigers began recruiting him.

Dixon-Tatum is originally from Highland, Ind., where he averaged 11.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game as a senior for an Anderson Highland High School. He redshirted at Grand Valley State as a freshman in 2009-2010 and averaged 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and had a league-leading 59 blocks as a redshirt freshman before transferring to Chattahoochee Tech.

Granger plays for one of the top high school teams in Missouri. As a junior he averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.

Granger was one of four high school seniors in for official visits along with David Dingle, a 6-7 forward from New York City, and two Auburn verbal commitments, Jordan Price, a four-star shooting guard from Southwest DeKalb High in Decatur, Ga., and 6-5 small forward Shaq Johnson, a three-star prospect from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga.

"The visit went great," said Dingle, a three-star forward from St. Raymond's High, who averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior. "I had a lot of fun with the players. The atmosphere around the campus from when I got there was great with the people tailgating and stuff like that. Everybody loves Auburn."

Dingle said he enjoyed hanging out with the Auburn players and getting a feel for campus life. "It is really a college town," he said. "I guess these guys love Auburn."

Daniel Dingle

The forward said his mother is originally from Savannah and his father is from South Carolina so he is accustomed to life in the Southeast. "I come down all of the time," he said, noting that he wouldn't have a problem leaving the New York City area to play college basketball in the SEC.

"My father came with me on the visit and he had a great time," Dingle said. "He enjoyed the southern cooking and hospitality."

Dingle said Auburn is one of his three finalists along with Temple and Seton Hall. The trip to Auburn was his first official visit and he plans to check out Temple next weekend. Earlier this year he visited the Auburn campus on an unofficial visit.

"I had a great experience, a great time and Coach (Barbee) is a great person," Dingle said.

The prospect pointed out he likes the Auburn players. "There seems like there is a lot of excitement and it is a family atmosphere," he said. "Everybody is together. In practice guys are pushing each other to get better every day."

Dingle, who is ranked as the No. 28 forward nationally by Scout.com, said his official visit to Auburn was so good the Tigers are going to "tough to beat."

Jordan Price

Price said he and fellow AU commitment Shaquille Johnson enjoyed helping recruit over the weekend on his official visit. "We just had a lot of fun at the games and all of the festivities," he said.

Price noted he still feels good about his commitment and is looking forward to signing with the Tigers. He also pointed out he enjoyed hanging out with fellow commitment Johnson. "We got a lot of time together," he noted.

The guard watched Auburn'S Friday evening Hoops Madness event and said, "I can see they have improved from last year. They are bigger and more athletic, and just willing to work. We went to practice and they worked real hard. They actually had a two-a-day and both practices looked the same."

Summing up the visit, he said, "I had a great time."


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