Tigers Get Early Hoops Commitment For 2005-2006

Jeff Lebo and his staff have picked up a verbal commitment from a recruit who has been receiving plenty of attention.

Atlanta, Ga.--Auburn has picked up its first verbal commitment for next year's men's basketball signing class.

Rasheem Barrett, a 6-5, 210-pound rising senior from Marist School, plans to sign with the Tigers, according to Steve Barrett, his father.

"He has committed to Auburn and it is a good situation for Rasheem," Barrett tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He likes the business program at Auburn. His sister is already a student there and she is enrolled in the business program, too."

Barrett, who is expected to be a four-year starter at Marist as a senior, has played both guard positions as well as small forward. He was recruited by Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Marquette, Florida State, North Carolina State and others, says his father, who notes that Barrett averaged 21 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior.

The Marist star is being recruited for Auburn by AU assistant coach John Cooper, who has an extensive background in Atlanta high school hoops circles. Head coach Jeff Lebo and his staff may sign as many as six players to bring in for the 2005-2006 season.

Lebo and his staff have signed two players to bring in for the 2004-2005 season--6-11 forward Ryan Daniel from Goodpasture High in Madison, Tenn., and 6-5 small forward Daniel Hayles from LeFlore High in Mobile. They will be joined by two guards who signed with the previous coaching staff--Frank Tolbert from Red Level, Ala., High and Toney Douglas from Jonesboro, Ga., High.

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