In a matchup of speed versus size the speed won out in the end thanks to the all-around play of Douglas. Showing a full range of shots and ability, he scored 33 points with just two baskets coming outside the arc in Jonesboro's six-point victory. With the luxury of having the 6-8 Williams and 6-9 junior Yamene Coleman in the paint, Wilcox-Central extended its defense on the perimeter. That allowed Douglas to penetrate at will and bury short-range jumpers much of the night.
Toney Douglas showed an all-around game on his visit to Auburn.
Perhaps the most impressive part of his game was on the defensive end where he was forced to play on the block in Jonesboro's 2-3 zone defense. With just one starter over 6-3 they packed the lane on the twin towers and made Wilcox-Central work to score points. It didn't help much with Williams though as the powerful post player scored 22 points, but Coleman had just eight on the night to go along with nine rebounds. Despite his size disadvantage Douglas led the game in rebounding with nine and also added three steals and five assists to round out a stellar night. He says that he was just anxious to show the Auburn crowd what they could expect for the next few seasons at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.
"It feels good to be here," Douglas says about being in Auburn. "It will help me get used to the court some. It's like a family down here and that's why I chose to come here. Coach Ellis and everyone are so nice and I believe that he told me the truth all the time. He was real with me and I like that."
Texas signee Mike Williams
Earlier in the evening Auburn signee Frank Tolbert and his Red Level squad had a tough task against the bigger and deeper Shaw (Columbus, Ga.) Raiders, falling by the score of 70-50. A one-man show for most of the night Tolbert scored 23 points and added five blocked shots, three steals and five rebounds while playing most of his offense inside the paint. A brute under the basket, the 6-4, 225-pounder earned all but six of his points at the line going 17-20 on the night. With his style of play and physical strength, his tendency to make free throws should be an asset in an Auburn uniform.
"I'm going to try to get used to playing here before I actually come to school here," Tolbert says. "This was a good start today. I'm anxious to get to play with Toney down the line. He's a real good player. He can shoot real well and handle the ball."
One of the attractions earlier in the day was Clemson commitment Joey Cameron and his Leeds Green Wave taking on the Fort Payne Wildcats. One of the better games of the day saw Fort Payne win the game 74-70 despite 30 points from Cameron. A physical inside presence who runs the floor well and handles the ball like a guard, the 6-8 junior should be one of the top players in America next season and has the body and athleticism to be a major terror for the Tigers.