Joey Cameron, a 6-9, 245-pound forward, told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Monday evening that he will sign with Auburn in the early period.
Cameron had verbally committed to the University of Tennessee earlier this year, but had a change of heart. He called Auburn's coaches and asked about visiting AU. He took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend and liked what he saw.
"I decided I needed to do what is best for me and that is why I am planning to attend auburn," says Cameron, who is considered one of the top forward prospects in the country. He averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots per game as a junior at Leeds High School.
Joey Cameron (the tallest player) is shown in action vs. Fort Payne High last season as a junior at the Henry Harris Classic at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn.
His family is originally from the Notasulga area, a small town in Macon county not far from Auburn. "I really like the Auburn area a lot and that is part of the reason I am going to Auburn," Cameron says. "It's close to home and that is a big plus.
"I also really like the opportunity to come in and contribute early at Auburn," he adds. "I think there is a chance to start as a freshman. Coach Lebo didn't promise me that, but he told me that I would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job and that is all I want. I know the team is losing five seniors and they are looking for big men so this is a great opportunity for me.
"Another reason I like Auburn is that I feel real good about Coach Lebo. The players on the team told me the same thing. They told me he is a fun person to play for. He knows when to have fun and when to be serious and I like that. The current players on the team say they really like him and the coaching staff."
Cameron is rated as the 54th best prospect in the country by TheInsiders.com and the No. 14th-ranked power forward.
Cameron also says that is looking forward to playing for Auburn because of its aggressive style of play. "They like to play up-tempo and that is something I enjoy. I also can play in the half-court game, too. Offensively, I would say my shooting is a strength. I have good range past the three-point line."
Cameron originally committed to Clemson as a junior, but switched to Tennessee before choosing Auburn. He says he will sign with the Tigers in the early period in November.
The forward is Auburn's second public verbal commitment. The first is from 6-4 1/2 guard/forward Rasheem Barrett from Marist High in Atlanta.
The Tigers were also hosts for another highly regarded prospect this past weekend when 6-7 1/2 forward Korvotney Barber visited Auburn. The senior at Manchester, Ga., High is scheduled to visit the University of Kentucky this weekend.