2018 Hoops Prospect Building Bond With Auburn

Coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn have already offered 2018 basketball guard prospect Tony Johnson out of Eufaula High School.

Eufaula, Ala.--One of the top class of 2018 basketball prospects in the state, 6-2 guard Tony Johnson already had an offer from the Auburn Tigers before visiting the campus for Bruce Pearl’s team camp on the Plains where the young player was one of the top performers.

Eufaula was one of more 80 high school teams taking part in the camp and for Johnson it was a chance to continue to learn more about the Tigers heading into his sophomore year.

“It’s a great experience,” Johnson said. “We’re coming together as a team and I think we’re going to be really good this year because we have a lot of young players, but we have a lot of guards. “We just got Coach (Michael) Smith, who’s a great coach. We’re going to defend and we’re quick. I think we’re going to compete for a state championship this season.”

Winning a championship is definitely on the mind of Johnson with getting an early look at his college choices something he takes very seriously as well. Already with the offer from Auburn, the talented young guard said making multiple visits to the campus has given him a great early feel for what the Tigers are all about.

“Coach Chuck (Person) and everyone was warm,” Johnson said of his first visit with the new staff. “They invited me in and it was like family. It was a great visit. Then I started coming up for a lot of football games. They were always contacting me. It just feels like a family. I get along with all the players, I have all their numbers and hang out with them. It just feels like a family and I’m close to home there. It’s a great fit.”

Also hearing from Troy with Auburn still his only offer at the moment, Johnson said the Tigers are in a good position for him early in the process because of the love they have shown him.

“It’s great,” Johnson said. “Danjel Purifoy (Auburn signee), me and him are really close. A lot of my friends in 2017 are getting recruited by Auburn. It’s close to home. I love Coach Chuck and the whole coaching staff.”

Concentrating on basketball after playing both football and baseball as a youngster, Johnson has given the sport his full focus and then some. Going on a cruise to the Bahamas recently was the only break of an otherwise busy schedule for Johnson as he prepares for the 2015-2016 season at Eufaula. Whether it’s workouts or shooting or running, Johnson said this time of the year is all about improvement.

“I usually wake up at six and go to weights,” Johnson said. “After that from 7:30-8:30 I shoot. We practice from 9-12 and then from 3-5 I train.

“The hardest part is waking up in the morning,” he added of his schedule. “It’s kind of hard getting up, but once I’m up it’s the grind. I always think about college and the future and where I’m trying to get, and that pushes me.”

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