Fortner's Tigers Land Another Verbal Commitment

Huntsville, Ala.--Auburn has picked up a verbal commitment for the early signing period from one of the state of Alabama's top senior girls basketball prospects.

Sherell Hobbs, a 5-11 guard from J.O. Johnson High School, plans to sign with new Auburn head coach Nell Fortner's Tigers in November. As a junior, she helped her team post a 30-3 record as she averaged 18.9 points, 13.5 rebounds and five assists per game.

"I really like the coaching staff at Auburn," Hobbs says. "I also like the opportunity to come in and have a chance to play early."

Hobbs was a standout at Auburn basketball camps the past two summers and has also performed well on the AAU circuit for the Nike Alabama Lasers team. "We have a good team and we usually play well in the AAU tournaments we enter," she says. "It is good experience to play against the top players from around the country."

Last season at J.O. Johnson she played with Alexis Ogubie, a 6-2 forward and center who will be a freshman on Fortner's first Auburn team this season. Hobbs is coming off a junior year in which she earned first team All-State honors. Hobbs notes that she also considered Memphis, Tulane and UAB before choosing the Tigers and says she plans to major in business at AU.

Hobbs says she considers herself an all-around player who can handle both guard positions while also being comfortable inside around the basket as a scorer and a rebounder. "I would say that my versatility is my strength as a player," she notes.

Hobbs is the second player who is a public verbal commitment to sign with the Tigers. She joins 5-9 guard Chantelle Blakely of Antioch High School in Nashville, Tenn., as a player who will join the AU program for the 2005-2006 season.

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