Pearl's New Signee "Excited" About AU Coaches

One of the nation's top basketball prospects officially signed with the Tigers on Wednesday.

Philadelphia, four-star center prospect Horace Spencer, a long-time Auburn basketball commitment, made it official on Wednesday when he signed scholarship papers to play for Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers.

“I’m very excited,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “I went to my dad’s house and sat down and took a picture of me signing all the papers. I’m glad I’m officially an Auburn Tiger. I’m coming in May 25th and I’m ready to be part of the family.”

Spencer is ranked as the No. 17 center prospect in the 2015 signee class and the No. 3 overall prospect in Nevada, where he was a standout performer at Findlay Prep in Henderson. He said on Wednesday that he is six-foot-nine, 215 pounds.

Asked what originally attracted him to Auburn, the prospect said, “I just loved the family environment and how passionate all the coaches were and how positive they seemed about me coming there and being a being impact on the team.”

He noted that addition to Pearl he likes the rest of the staff, including Harris Adler, Tony Jones and Chuck Person. “It’s good to see the entire coaching staff is backing the idea of me coming there and joining the team and being part of the school,” he said.

“Coach Person is a great guy and is great at developing players and so is Coach Jones, Coach Adler and all the coaches. For Coach Pearl to want me to come there and be part of the team is amazing to be part of the building process to turn the program around.”

Spencer, who verbally committed to Auburn in 2014 but didn't sign in the early period last November, averaged 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while averaging 19.5 minutes per game. He is expected to have a chance to be an immediate contributor for the Tigers, who need help at center.

“It is very exciting that I could come in and be a freshman starter and make an impact on the team in a positive way,” he said.

He also noted that it is good to be joined by other talented recruits in Auburn’s 2015 class. “It’s very exciting because it’s one of the biggest classes they’ve ever signed. It’s a lot of pressure at the same time, but I invite the pressure and everything that comes with it. I’m just excited about everything.”

Commenting on his new signee, Pearl said, "We are very excited about Horace Spence. He brings toughness, athleticism and the ability to defend and rebound at a very high level. Horace is an outstanding young man who has terrific upside."

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