College of Central Florida wing Malik Dunbar

Basketball Commitment Malik Dunbar Says Auburn Is A Good Fit

Junior college basketball Malik Dunbar gives his take on Auburn hoops and his reasons for choosing the Tigers.

A weekend in Auburn was enough to convince junior college basketball prospect Malik Dunbar that he wants to play for Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers for the 2017-18 season.

“I am done with recruiting,” said Dunbar, a six-foot-six, 230-pound forward who noted that he chose the Tigers over Ole Miss, Arkansas-Little Rock, East Tennessee State and others.

“I am going to give it all that I have got and don’t want to let the fans down,” the juco sophomore said about playing for the Tigers. “I just ask for support in return.”

Dunbar committed to the Tigers on Saturday night after spending time with his player host, Horace Spencer, plus other players.

“I felt like the team really wanted me to come to Auburn--I just felt the love from the team,” he said. “I felt like it was the best situation.”

Dunbar, who noted that he is a natural three (small forward, said, “I like that Auburn is real family-knit community and organization. I feel like it is a great opportunity for me. My expectations are to go to the NBA and I feel like this is the best opportunity.”

Asked what he sees as his best attribute as a basketball player, Dunbar said, “Me getting to the rim and getting fouled. I think that is my strong suit.”

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Malik Dunbar will have two years of eligibility at Auburn starting with the 2017-18 season.

Dunbar averaged 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds this past season at College of Central Florida in Ocala while shooting 49.4 percent from the field, including 29.3 percent on threes. He said that he is scheduled to finish classes there this summer and join the AU team in July.

Originally from the North Augusta, S.C., area, Dunbar played his senior season of high school in Columbia, S.C., at Spring Valley High School where he earned All-State honors. As a freshman in junior college Dunbar averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Dunbar noted that he is impressed with Auburn’s campus and athletic facilities along with the basketball staff. “Coach Pearl is a good coach, a great guy, who I believe is going to take me under his wing. Coach Chuck Person, I?feel like he is going to help me, and he has already told me things with my shot that I think is going to make it 100 times better.”

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