Quanetria Bolton, a six-foot-two forward/center from Anniston High School, blossomed as a junior. She averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots per game in leading her team to a 23-5 record.
Bolton, who goes by the nickname "Ne-Ne," was a first team All-State player and a finalist for Class 4A Player of the Year despite starting for the first time as a junior.
In addition to being recruited by Auburn, SEC programs such as Georgia, LSU, Alabama and Vanderbilt are interested in Bolton, who also is a standout performer for the Alabama Southern Starz, one of the top AAU teams in the country.
Bolton is in Orlando this week with her team competing in the AAU Gold Super Showcase and then will participate in the AAU nationals.
"She can shoot inside and outside, and can hit threes from two to three feet behind the line," says Doug Bush, who coaches the Starz. "Another thing that stands out about her is that she is a great, great kid."
Bolton notes this summer she has been working on her outside game. "I feel like I have done as much as I can with my inside game so I am working on my shooting and beating people off the dribble," she says. "I feel like I am making progress. I would say my post play is the strongest part of my game."
The 17-year-old prospect notes that she might not be through growing. "The doctor actually said I will be 6-3 or 6-4," she says.
On the recruiting front, Bolton notes that she is enjoying the attention from colleges. "Right now I?am just weighing my options," she says.
Academically, the prospect is an all-star, too. "I make all A's," she points out. "The last time I made a B was in fourth grade."
Bolton will play for the North squad at the AHSAA North-South All-Star Game on July 17th at the Acadome in Montgomery.