Barbee's Tigers Add Another Signee

Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball Tigers have added a second spring period signee.

Stone Mountain, Ga.--Coach Tony Barbee's basketball Tigers have added a second spring signee, picking up six-foot-eight, 225-pound forward Sharief Adamu from Georgia Perimeter Junior College.

He is Auburn's sixth signee for the 2012 recruiting class, joining four players from the early period in November plus guard Brian Greene, who signed in the spring period.

"I chose Auburn over Mississippi State, UAB, South Alabama and Missouri State and I was talking to other colleges, too," Adamu told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Sunday and spent time getting to know Coach (Tony) Madlock and Coach (Tony) Barbee and liked it," he said. "I like Coach Barbee's vision for the program and I want to be a part of putting Auburn in the conversation as one of the top college teams."

This past season he averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds for Georgia Perimeter while making 57 percent of his field goals. He averaged 1.6 blocks and 1.2 assists per game.

As a senior at Stone Mountain High he signed with Alabama State and started for the Hornets as a freshman, but decided to transfer. He played in 31 games at ASU with 16 starts. He averaged 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and hit 44.9 percent from the field and made 41-73 free throws.

"I was looking for a better situation both academically and athletically," he said when asked why he left that program, noting he believed playing a season of juco ball would give him the opportunity to transfer to a high major program.

In addition to the colleges that offered, he said that he also was recruited by Georgia, Arkansas, Georgetown and South Florida.

Adamu said he plans to transfer to Auburn and start classes this summer.

Georgia Perimeter assistant coach David Dennis said that the Tigers have signed an interesting player. "I believe he is a high-major athlete who hasn't even begun to reach his potential yet," Dennis said.

"He is a solid young man who is no maintenance," the coach added. "He comes from a very good family who did a great job of raising him. He is a real good student. He is kind of a quiet guy until you get to know him and then you learn he has a real good sense of humor.

"On the court he can play outside or inside," Dennis said. "He can shoot and make three-pointers even though we didn't use him much in that role. He can also score inside either facing up or with his back to the basket. He can jump over defenders and score with a hand in his face."

Dennis said that Adamu was a key to Georgia Perimenter posting a 25-8 record. "We had the conference player of the year, but by the end of the year Shareif was playing better than anybody on our team."

Auburn's other 2012 signees include Jordan Price, Shaquille Johnson and Jordon Granger from the high school ranks and juco center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum.

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