Lanett, Ala.--An in-state basketball prospect who performed well at Bruce Pearl’s Elite Camp got the attention of Auburn's head coach.
“I talked to Bruce Pearl and he told me he liked the way my game is stepping up.,” said Emmanuel Little., a class of 2018 recruit. “He likes how versatile I am because I can play different positions.”
After playing on a state championship team last season at Lanett High School, Little will be a junior for the Panthers during the 2016-17 season. “I think we are going back for another state championship,” he said.
Little, who noted that he is 17 years old, can play multiple positions. “I am still growing,” he said. “I was six-foot-six coming into the summer, now I am six-foot-seven and a half.
“For high school I play five (center) because I am the biggest guy on my team,” he pointed out. “For AAU I play the three (small forward) and a little bit of the stretch four (forward). I am turning myself into more of a guard because that is what I?am being recruited as. I am working on extending my range.”
Emmanuel Little is an impressive athlete who plays very hard on both ends of the floor
He has early offers from New Mexico State and Samford and is hearing from a variety of other colleges, which is not surprising because of his quickness and jumping ability, which allows him to play above the rim.
“The Auburn camp went pretty well,” he said. “I enjoyed it. There was a lot of competition. Usually when I come to a camp like this I play against smaller guys at my position, but at this one there were a lot of guys my size or bigger. It makes me want to do a little bit more.”
It will be difficult do a lot more rebounding for his junior season at Lanett after averaging 12 per game, but he has the potential to pick up his scoring after averaging nine per contest as a sophomore.
In addition to playing hoops the prospect also plays wide receiver for the Panthers in football.