State's Top Women's Hoops Prospect Picks AU

Auburn, Ala.--Nell Fortner and her Auburn women's basketball coaching staff received important news on Tuesday when they picked up a verbal commitment from the state of Alabama's top high school senior girls basketball prospect.

DeWanna Bonner, a 6-4 guard from Fairfield High School, is planning to sign with the Auburn Tigers in November.

"DeWanna has committed to Auburn," Arnika Clements, head coach at Fairfield High School, told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Bonner, who was recruited by a large number of colleges, picked Auburn over the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. The point guard was on the Auburn campus this past weekend for an official recruiting visit.

Bonner, an All-State player and a Street And Smith's and USA Today All-American after her junior season, was the 2003-2004 Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. She averaged 18.9 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game for Fairfield High last season and was outstanding in AAU play with the Alabama Roadrunners.

DeWanna Bonner is an athletic point guard who is also a standout on defense.

Bonner says Auburn moved to the top of her list because of the coaching staff. "I like Auburn," she says. "I like the new coaches. They are very enthusiastic. I like Nell Fortner."

Bonner, who was the outstanding player in this summer's Alabama High School All-Star Game, says Fortner's experience as head coach of the U.S. Olympic Team and in the WNBA is impressive.

Bonner will be starting for a fourth straight season in high school. "She has a great personality," says Coach Clements, who adds, "She is a very good basketball player with lots of potential to improve."

Bonner is the third high school senior to verbally commit to the Tigers joining 5-11 Sherrell Hobbs from J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville and 5-9 Chantelle Blakely from Antioch High and Nashville, Tenn.

Bonner was one of three prospects who took official visits to Auburn last weekend. Whitney Boddie, a highly regarded guard from Florence High, visited along with 6-8 center Keke Carrier from LaGrange High in Lake Charles, La., who is considered one of the top post prospects in the country.

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