Seven-Footer Excited About Commitment to AU

This basketball recruiting report features comments from new Auburn commitment, big man Asauhn Dixon-Tatum.

Cartersville, Ga.--Asauhn Dixon-Tatum's plan to try Division I college basketball in a major conference is on schedule as one of two new commitments for the Auburn Tigers this week.

The seven-foot center is preparing to play just his fourth season of organized basketball when the Chattahoochee Tech Golden Eagles open play in November.

As a redshirt freshman last season he averaged 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game with 59 blocks, the second highest number of rejected shots in a single season in school history at Division II Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

"I decided that I wanted to give Division I basketball a try so I talked to friends about it who are playing college basketball and they suggested I transfer to a junior college so I wouldn't have to sit out for a season as a transfer," Dixon-Tatum tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

That prompted Dixon-Tatum, who is from Anderson, Ind., to make a change of college venue from Michigan to Georgia for the 2011-2012 season.

An interesting prospect, Dixon-Tatum points out that he didn't play for his high school, Anderson Highland, until his junior year. He competed on the junior varsity the first season and as a senior he averaged 11.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game while helping his varsity team win the county championship.

"I was about six-foot-five or six-foot-six as a freshman and I kept growing," the center notes. He continued to grow while at Grand Valley State where he redshirted his first season there. "I am up to seven feet and weigh 225 pounds," he says.

Dixon-Tatum visited Auburn on Saturday, liked what he saw and committed to Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers as did another weekend visitor, forward Jordon Granger from Florissant, Mo., near St. Louis.

Dixon-Tatum says he believes he is a good fit for Barbee's team with his ability to block shots, rebound, run the floor and dunk the basketball. Combine that with liking the campus and the people he met on his recruiting trip to Auburn and he notes that he is excited about his decision to attend Auburn.

"I really like Coach Barbee and the people there," he says. "Everybody was so friendly.

"Going to the football game Saturday night was impressive,"?he notes. "We got there late, sometime in the second quarter, and as we were driving in we could see there were tailgate parties for about a mile coming to the stadium. It was amazing how many people were there.

"We could hear the fans yelling ‘War Eagle' before we even got into the stadium," he says. "Once we got in it was a sea of orange with the fans cheering for their team. It was very exciting and impressive."

"I visited the basketball arena and it is great," he says. "I am excited about playing basketball for Coach Barbee at Auburn."

Dixon-Tatum notes that he his strength as a player is defense and his ability to score on rebounds and tip-ins offensively. He says he is working to improve his offensive skills and making progress.

Last season he blocked seven shots in 18 minutes of action vs. Lake Superior State. For the season his 59 blocks led the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. His season high for points was 11 in a victory over Northern Michigan. He started the final 25 games for the Lakers.

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