The 6-2, 200-pounder from Gibbs High School turned heads with his strong play in the backcourt and showed he could compete with some of the top recruits in the Southeast.
“I think it was a success,” Pierce said of his camp performance. “I played pretty good basketball.”
The young prospect is just beginning to showcase his talents in AAU competition and for his high school team. The only other camp he had participated in prior to coming to Auburn was at Florida Gulf Coast College the previous summer.
The players who participated in Auburn’s camp were divided into eight teams. Pierce was placed in the group coached by current Auburn player T.J. Dunans and former player AU player Frankie Sullivan, who is a graduate assistant coach for the Tigers.
Sullivan was very engaged with coaching the players on his team, including Pierce. “He gave me a lot of good advice about stuff I need to work on, especially defensively,” the prospect pointed out.
Asked what he is working on with his game this summer, Pierce said “getting quicker” and improving his defensive mechanics are at the top of the list.
Commenting on what he sees as his best assets as a basketball player, he said, “Shooting the ball and I have good decision-making. Those are my two main strengths.”
His school team, Gibbs High, made it to the state championship game last season and Pierce said he expects a repeat performance from his team. “We have big standards,” he said.”
Pierce, who wants to study sports medicine in college, said he likes the “family atmosphere” he found at Auburn with Coach Bruce Pearl’s program and that he hopes to make a return trip to the campus in the not too distant future.
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