Power Forward Picks Pearl's Tigers

Anfernee McLemore tells Inside the Auburn Tigers why he wants to play basketball for Auburn in this report that includes video of the class of 2016 prospect, a player who has been impressive on the summer AAU circuit.

Anfernee McLemore (above) is shown in action playing AAU basketball for the Atlanta Celtics.


Sylvester, Ga.--Coach Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers picked up their second verbal commitment for the 2016 basketball signee class with power forward Anfernee McLemore choosing the Tigers.

A six-foot-seven, 210-pound left-hander from Worth County High School, the three-star recruit joins point guard Jared Harper from Pebblebrook High in Georgia as commitments for the Tigers. McLemore has been impressive on the summer AAU circuit as one of the top performers.

McLemore told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he plans to sign with Auburn in November and that he chose the Tigers over Yale, Brown, Oregon State, Rice and others. He was also receiving recruiting interest from Georgia Tech as well as other programs.

“Coach Pearl is a great coach and I am looking forward to playing for him,” said McLemore, who noted that he also likes Auburn’s assistant coaches and has built a good bond with them.

He noted he also likes Auburn campus and plans to major in business administration in college. “Academics are very important to me” he said. “I have a 4.0 grade point average and that is something I want to make sure I maintain.”

A student who takes advanced placement classes in high school, his numbers on the basketball court are impressive, too, at Worth County. “I averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots last season,” he said.

He is a prospect with a reputation as a good finisher around the basket with a good shooting touch. Asked what the best part of his game is, the Scout.com three-star recruit said, "I would say it would be my defense. I take a lot of pride in that and I try to play very hard."

A prospect who has outstanding leaping ability, he noted that he isn't sure what his vertical jump is.

McLemore has performed well this summer for the Atlanta Celtics. His average of 6.5 offensive rebounds per 30 minutes ranks first on the adidas circuit. Number two is Bam Adebayo at 5.9.

The forward was also first in defensive rebounds per 30 minutes on the adidas circuit with 7.8, ahead of No. 2 Javin Delaurier's 6.7.

Additionally, he averaged 2.9 blocked shots per 30 minutes, ranking second on the adidas circuit to 3.1 by Wenyen Gabriel at 3.1.

Click on the link to see video of McLemore at adidas Gauntlet:

Anfernee McLemore


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