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Young Power Forward Javian Fleming Picks Up A Basketball Offer from Auburn

Coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers made a new scholarship offer to a standout at an Auburn hoops camp.

Canton, Miss.--A weekend in Auburn provided class of 2018 basketball prospect Javian Fleming plenty of competition and a going-away present from Coach Bruce Pearl and his staff.

A 6-8, 230-pound power forward, Fleming stood out in a large group of players who competed for three days at an Auburn camp that featured 96 high school teams who played games in the mornings, afternoons and evenings for three days.

“We got to play against two or three of the best teams at the team camp and the Auburn coaches offered me after the third game,” Fleming told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

“I talked to Coach Pearl a lot and he told me a whole bunch about Auburn,” said Fleming, who was the leading scorer for his Canton High School team last season. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per contest as a sophomore.

Canton High’s head coach, Russell Evans, said that the 16-year-old Fleming is a player who should continue to improve as he matures.

“He is a versatile player,” Evans said. “He is a big man, but he has guard skills. He has great hands, great feet and a great motor, and the best thing about him is that he is a humble kid and loves the game of basketball.”

Auburn became the seventh college to offer Fleming a scholarship. The group includes UAB, Middle Tennessee State, Cincinnati, Jackson State, Stephen F. Austin and and Mississippi Valley State, the college where his father played basketball. 

“Recruiting is going good,” Fleming said. “I am starting to get a lot of phone calls from big Division I schools. He noted that he didn’t grow up with a favorite college team so he is keeping an open mind on recruiting. 

Fleming said his offseason focus is in two areas. “I am mostly working on getting in shape and improving my jump shot,” he said.

At the Auburn camp he was a force on the boards and when he got the ball near the goal he showed good post moves. “Playing with my back to the basket is what I do best,” he said.

Fleming said he is glad his team attended the camp because he is excited about the offer from Auburn plus he liked playing games against a variety of different teams. “The camp was a good experience for me because there was a lot of competition,” he said.

Coach Russell agreed that the camp was good for Fleming as well as the rest of the Canton team.

Commenting on Fleming, the coach said, “He is a self-starter. He is going to continue to work on his upper body strength and lower body strength with a commitment to the weights, and that will enhance his ability to play at a high level at the next level.”

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