Hoops Prospect Enjoys Weekend At Auburn

Basketball prospect Delshon Strickland talks about his official visit to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers.

Minnetonka, Minn.--Delshon Strickland, a versatile six-foot-four Class of 2014 basketball prospect, took his first official visit to Auburn over the weekend and said he came away impressed.

"The visit was fun," he said. "I had a lot of time with the team. They took me out and showed me around. We played a little pickup on Friday and Saturday.

"I loved it and had a great experience," he added. "Auburn will definitely be in my top five."

Strickland noted that Dion Wade and Ronald Delph showed him around campus and talked to him about making the transition from high school to college.

Senior Allen Payne also spent a lot of time with the recruit, Strickland pointed out. "Allen was just showing me how it was being there for four years," he said.

Strickland said that the Tigers are recruiting him as a point guard. He is also being recruited as a shooting guard and even as a small forward. He said that he currently has 19 scholarship offers.

The senior, who recently transferred from Holy Angels to Minnetonka High to play against better competition, said he is also considering Minnesota, Baylor, Iowa State and Florida for his other official visits.

The prospect said he enjoyed Auburn's exciting win over Mississippi State in football on Saturday night. "I played football last year,"?he said. "I was a cornerback and receiver, but I gave it up so I wouldn't get hurt. That last catch (C.J. Uzomah's winning touchdown reception) was great."

After the game he visited with AU head coach Tony Barbee. "He just wants me to come to Auburn and get bigger and stronger," the prospect said.

Strickland, who made the official visit with his mother, said he doesn't know when he will make his college choice, but added that the Tigers are under serious consideration. "I am going to share some results with my coaches and see what they think," he said.

The guard said that his mother approved of the trip, too. "She loved it," he said.

Strickland said he is majoring in engineering or business and said he is a good student.

Commenting on what his strength is as a player, he said, "I am a big force on the defensive side. I am also a good slasher and I can get to the rim efficiently."


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