AU Signees Coming to Auburn For Hoops Event

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's two highly regarded early basketball signees for 2004, guards Toney Douglas and Frank Tolbert, will be two of the featured players at the second annual Henry Harris Memorial Basketball Classic on Monday.

High school boys and girls basketball teams from Alabama and Georgia will be on the Auburn campus for the all-day event at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Auburn fans will have their first chance to see their guards of the future when Tolbert and Douglas take the floor.

Tolbert and his Red Level High School team will play at 5:30 p.m. vs. Shaw High of Columbus, Ga. The 6-4 guard is currently averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds per game for his team, which is one of the top-ranked squads in the state of Alabama this season.

Douglas is having a big season, too, averaging 32 points per game for Jonesboro, Ga., High School. His squad, which was one of the elite teams in Georgia last season with Douglas leading the way, will face a major challenge from Alabama power Wilcox-Central.

Wilcox-Central, a defending state champion squad, features 6-9 junior center Yamene Coleman, who is one of the top prospects in the South for the 2005 signee class. He is a prospect being recruited by Auburn. Wilcox-Central's senior star, 6-7 forward Mike Williams, was an early signee who will attend the University of Texas. Tipoff for that game is set for 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to the event, which is co-sponsored by Auburn University and Auburn High School, are $5 and are good for all of the games.

Another marquee matchup features highly-ranked Alabama powers. Calhoun, which is No. 1 in Class 3A, will take on Abbeville High School at 4 p.m.

The action starts at 8:30 a.m. with a girls game matching Auburn High vs. Fort Payne.

At 10 a.m. Benjamin Russell High School will play Scottsboro High School in a girls contest.

The 11:30 a.m. contest will pit Shaw High's girls team vs. a powerful Abbeville High squad.

The first boys game of the day features Leeds High at 1 p.m. vs. Fort Payne. Leeds has one of the top junior power forward prospects in the country in 6-9 Joey Cameron.

At 2:30 p.m. the final girls game of the event matches Calhoun High vs. Wilcox-Central.

High school students attending the event who are interested in attending Auburn University will be able to meet with university officials who will have information on AU set up on the coliseum concourse.

The event, which is being held in conjunction with the Martin Luther King holiday, is one of a series of events sponsored by the office of diversity and multicultural affairs. Harris, a native of Boligee, Ala., who is deceased, was Auburn's first black basketball player. He played at AU from 1968-1972.

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