Pearl's Tigers Add Talented Juco Commitment

Columbia State guard T.J. Dunans has committed to play basketball for the Auburn Tigers.

Columbia, Tenn.--Auburn picked up its third basketball commitment for the 2015 signee class since Friday when 6-5 combo guard T.J. Dunans chose the Tigers.

Dunans, who averaged close to 23 points per game last season, is considered one of the nation’s top junior college prospects. He chose the Tigers over Cincinnati, Penn State and West Virginia.

Dunans said the opportunity to play for Coach Bruce Pearl was a big factor in his decision. "I have been wanting to play for him since he was at Tennessee. That is why I committed to Auburn.

"I like his style of play," added Dunans, who noted that he prefers up-tempo basketball like Pearl and likes that the Auburn coach gives his players freedom in how the offense is run.

“Auburn is getting a very good basketball player,” Columbia State coach Brian Collins said. “T.J. has a high basketball IQ and he has a scorer’s mentality. He is a very, very good player and is athletic.

“He is six-foot-five, but plays bigger than that because of his reach,” the coach said. “Offensively, he can play the one (point guard) or two (shooting guard) and defensively he play the one, two, three (small forward) or four (power forward). He is a good bit for Coach Bruce Pearl’s style of play.

“Tony Jones (Auburn assistant coach) has done a great job of recruiting T.J. and Coach Pearl sealed the deal on Sunday,” Collins said. The guard visited the Auburn campus over the weekend to check out the facilities to meet with the Auburn staff.

Dunans played high school basketball at M.L. King High in Lithonia, Ga., and will have two years to play two seasons when he joins the Auburn team for the 2015-16 season.

Collins said because of the guard’s athletic ability he should be an excellent fit for Auburn’s style of play. “He is a good passer, an excellent rebounder and a good team player," the coach pointed out. "He is a our team captain and he is a strong leader.”

On Friday the Tigers picked a commitment from forward Danjel Purifoy and on Sunday the Tigers added a commitment from Horace Spencer. Both are Top 100 rated high school seniors. Spencer plays for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., and his hometown is Philadelphia Purifoy is from Centreville, Ala., and will play for Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia this season.

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