Tigers Add Second Spring Basketball Signee

Coach Jeff Lebo now has two of his own signees who will join the 2004-2005 Auburn basketball team.

Mobile, Ala.--New men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo has picked up his second Auburn signee.

On Wednesday, 6-5 forward Daniel Hayles, a first team Class 6A All-State player, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he will play for the Tigers.

"I have signed and I plan to come to Auburn and take summer classes," the left-hander said.

A four-year starter who played guard, forward and even center at LeFlore, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots per game as a senior. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the Mobile area as a senior. As a sophomore, he was named the MVP of the 6A state tournament when he led LeFlore to the state title.

Hayles was recruited by St. Joe's, Tennessee, Penn State, Miami, Texas-San Antonio, East Tennessee State and others. However, there was a question about whether or not he would qualify academically and that is why he was still unsigned late in the spring period.

"I made an A in all of my subjects the last quarter and I have a 21 on the ACT so I am ready for college now," Hayles says.

He is also a standout in track and field. He has a best high jump of 6-8 and has long jumped 22 feet. He is also a two-year letterman in cross country.

"I am excited about coming to Auburn," he says. "One of the big reasons I picked Auburn is that they have great fans who really care about their university. That is important to me."

Hayles says he will likely be a big guard or small forward at Auburn and says he feels comfortable playing either sport. "I feel like I am a strong ball-handler, a good leaper and a strong defensive player. I really don't care about where I play. The important thing to me is winning.

"Coach (Jeff) Lebo at Auburn has a strong record of winning and that attracted me to Auburn," he adds. "I really enjoyed getting to meet him and I think he is going to do good things at Auburn."

New Auburn assistant coach Brandon Johnson recruited Hayles for the Tigers and has been watching the left-hander in action long before Lebo was hired by the Tigers. Hayles was on campus last week for an unofficial recruiting visit.

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