Hoops Prospect Checks Out Tigers

A junior college basketball power forward talks about his interest in the Auburn Tigers and other colleges he is considering.

Junior college basketball player Dominique Elliott took an unofficial visit to Auburn with family members on Friday while in the state to drop off his cousin at Jacksonville State University where he is beginning his freshman year.

Elliott, a 6-8, 250-pound power forward, said he will return this fall for an official visit so he can spend more time on the AU campus.

"Auburn is one of my top five schools," he said. He noted the others on that list include Oklahoma, Southern Miss, Marshall and Ole Miss. He said that he has offers from each of those colleges along with Oklahoma State and others.

Elliott said that Auburn looked at him as a recruit in high school when he helped Groves of Savannah, Ga., to a 30-2 record as a senior while averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per game. He said Auburn increased its interest in him this year and noted his interest in the Tigers has increased, too, after taking his first visit to Auburn on Friday.

"I love the campus, I love the scene," he said, adding that he really likes the Auburn Arena and the practice facilities along with the students he met. "It is a nice town," he said.

Elliott originally signed with Southeast Missouri out of high school, but said he came up short on his SAT and had to go the juco route. Last season he averaged 8.2 points and 8.7 rebounds at Trinity Valley Junior College in Texas. He shot 57.4 percent from the field and 58 percent at the foul line.

Elliott, who is from Savannah, Ga., played at Groves High School prior to last season.

The forward said he will take an official visit to Oklahoma on Sept. 7th, Southern Miss the following week and the first weekend in October he will check out Ole Miss. He said that he plans to set up an official visit to Auburn.

Elliott added his plan is to make a decision on his college choice and sign in the early signing week in November. He noted he is solid academically with a 3.5 GPA in junior college and is scheduled to graduate this spring.

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