Five Hoops Prospects Scheduled To Visit AU

A report features details on an important basketball recruiting weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the top uncommitted basketball prospects in the country is scheduled for an official visit to Auburn this weekend to check out Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers along with another inside player who early verbally committed to Tennessee.

Three highly regarded prospects have scheduled official visits to check out Coach Nell Fortner's AU women's basketball team.

Korvotney Barber, a 6-7 1/2, 220-pound forward from Manchester, Ga., High, is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend. He was originally planning to make the trip to Auburn for the LSU football game week, but uncertainties about the weather due to a Hurricane Ivan caused that trip to be postponed.

Barber, who is a strong leaper and effective rebounder, says that Auburn is a program that he has been interested in since the coaching change in the spring when Lebo took over for Cliff Ellis, who was fired. "I like Coach Lebo," he says. "I like all of the coaching staff at Auburn."

Barber, who has already been on the AU campus for an unofficial visit, says that he is interested in playing in the SEC and he likes the fact that Auburn is not far from his home. He has taken official visits to Georgia and FSU, but Auburn's main competition may be Kentucky, where he is scheduled to visit Oct. 16th.

A three-year starter, Barber averaged 14 points per game as a junior and has been a star on the AAU circuit playing for the Smyrna Stars.

Joey Cameron, a 6-9 post player from Leeds High School, is considered one of the state's top prospects. He was an early commitment to Tennessee, but showed up at Auburn on Saturday for an official visit to check out the Tigers who are looking for big men in this signee class.

Cameron averaged 24 points and 15 rebounds as a junior. He originally committed to Clemson back in November of 2003. In May of 2004, he switched to Tennessee. Like Barber, he is considered one of the top big man prospects in the nation.

Lebo may sign as many as six players in the 2005-2006 signee class. The Tigers have one verbal commitment so far from 6-5, 210 guard Rasheem Barrett from Marist High in Atlanta.

The women's team is playing host to the state of Alabama's top prospect, six-foot-three point guard DeWanna Bonner from Fairfield High School. Bonner, who was a standout at an Auburn summer camp, is also considering Georgia.

DeWanna Bonner

Another in-state player who was a standout at an Auburn summer camp, guard Whitney Boddie from Florence High, is expected to visit Auburn this weekend. Boddie and Bonner were standouts in the Alabama All-Star Game last summer in Montgomery. Boddie, who is also considering Alabama, says she is very interested in the Tigers and really likes Fortner and the new Auburn women's coaching staff.

Boddie is shown in the Alabama all-star game earlier this year.

The Tigers are also expected to get a visit from 6-7 Kiki Carrier, a heavily recruited center from LaGrange High in Lake Charles, La. She is also being recruited by Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and Texas.

Fortner's staff has verbal commitments from 5-11 guard Sherrell Hobbs from J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville and 5-9 guard Chantelle Blakely from Nashville, Tenn., and Antioch High School.

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