Harper Looking Forward to Playing for Pearl

Class of 2016 basketball prospect Jared Harper talks about his decision to play for Auburn.

Mableton, Ga.--Class of 2016 point guard Jared Harper said he is excited about his decision to play college basketball for the Auburn Tigers, making his decision following Coach Bruce Pearl’s team advancing to the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament.

A five-foot-ten junior at Georgia power Pebblebrook High School, Harper said he also considered offers from Penn, Richmond, Kansas State and Ole Miss.

“I like the atmosphere of the campus and the games,” Harper said. “I also like the coaching staff. I have developed a good relationship with Coach Pearl. I also like the way I can fit into the program.

“I am impressed by the community support,” he added. “When I went to a basketball game (vs. Ole Miss) there I was surprised that even though the team wasn’t as good as they hoped, and they had lost a couple of games, there were still a lot of people there.”

He added that when he watched the Tigers play games on television at Auburn Arena this year he was impressed with the atmosphere.

Harper averaged 21 points and seven assists per game this past season for a team that reached the state championship game. “We had five Division I players as starters," he said.

Asked what he sees as his best attributes on a basketball court, Harper said, “Shooting the ball and getting other people open.”

The Auburn commitment said he will play AAU basketball for the Southern Stampede this spring and summer. “We just had our first practice,” he said.

The prospect noted that he is working on becoming “better conditioned and stronger” and that playing against strong competition on the AAU circuit will help him develop. “I will be competing against a lot of high level Division I players,” he pointed out.

Harper said that he is interested in majoring in sports marketing or business in college and he has a 3.7 grade point average at Pebblebrook High.

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