Hoops Big Man Talks About Visit to Auburn

Renan Lenz, a junior college basketball player, talks about his official visit to Auburn.

Yuma, Ariz.--Renan Lenz, a versatile junior college big man, said that Auburn is on his list of finalists after traveling across the country for an official visit to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers.

Lenz, a 6-10 power forward and center, said his trip to Auburn was his third official visit. "It was a great experience," he said, noting that he had previously visited Virginia Tech and Southern Cal. "Next week I am going to visit Utah."

The trip to check out the Utes will be his final official visit. "I plan to make a decision on my choice about a week after my last visit," he said.

Lenz, a native of Brazil, said he has been playing basketball for eight years. He got to junior college in Arizona because his coach in Brazil has contacts with the coaching staff at Arizona Western.

"I am looking for a place where I feel comfortable with the team, the coaches and the whole situation," he said.

Asked if Auburn is recruiting him as a forward or center, he said that the Tigers see him as a player who can handle both positions. "The thing about me is I can play both," he said. "If I have a mismatch on the post, I will take the defender inside. If I have a mismatch on the perimeter, I can score from out there."

Lenz said he enjoys playing both positions. He did both this past season as he averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.

"Our season could have been better," he said of his sophomore year at Arizona Western. "We lost in the region to go to the nationals."

A strong student who is interested in majoring in business, he noted that he toured Auburn's business school and was impressed with what he saw.

He noted that he hung out with the Auburn players, toured the campus and checked out the A-Day spring football game. "The whole trip was a lot of fun," he said. "It was a great experience."

Commenting on where Auburn stands and if he has a leader, Lenz said, "I am not thinking about where I am going right now," he said. "I am taking my visits with my eyes open the same to everybody. When I am finished with my last visit I will think about everything and make a decision."

Lenz said that he has adjusted well to college in the United States. "When I got here two year ago I knew the basics,"?he said. "Since then I have been improving."


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