Another Prep Star Picks Fortner's Tigers

Florence, Ala.--Auburn has picked up its third verbal commitment from a highly regarded in-state women's basketball player and the second of the day when guard Whitney Boddie from Florence High School announced that she will sign with the Tigers.

On Tuesday Boddie told Inside the Auburn Tigers that she plans to sign with Auburn in the early signing period in November. She is the fourth overall verbal commitment for first-year Auburn women's head coach Nell Fortner.

The 5-9 guard averaged 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game as a junior at Bradshaw High, which has been consolidated into a new school this season.

"Everything about Auburn felt right on my visit there this past weekend," Boddie says. "I like the coaching staff, the players and the other people I met.

"Coach Fortner's coaching credentials are just so impressive and that is exciting. She and her staff are so enthusiastic and I want to be a part of that program. It was really an easy decision for me to make because everything about Auburn feels right."

Whitney Boddie is shown at the AUM gym in the Alabama High School All-Star Game this past summer.

Boddie was one of three prospects on campus for official visits this past weekend. DeWanna Bonner, a 6-4 guard from Fairfield High School, committed earlier in the day on Tuesday. She and Boddie played together in the Alabama High School All-Star Game this past summers and were standouts for the winning North squad.

Boddie says she has known Bonner for a long time and she is glad the two will team up in college. "We are friends and I am friends with Sherrell (Sherrell Hobbs, an Auburn commitment from J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville). They are great people. I don't know Chantelle Blakely (another Auburn commitment from Antioch High in Nashville, Tenn.), but I heard she is a great person, too."

Boddie says that she chose Auburn over Mississippi State and Alabama, but says the Tigers have been her strong leader since attending summer camp at AU and getting to work with the new coaching staff. "Coach (Nell) Fortner is awesome and I love the staff. I love her especially. She is a great lady. You can tell she wants to win and that is how I am. I don't like to lose. It is just a great atmosphere. The coaches there have jelled together. You can tell they have that bond and it makes it great for the players. It makes me want to come in and be a part of it."

In this summer's all-star game in Montgomery, Boddie scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, added four assists and three steals in 21 minutes of court time and was also a standout on defense.

Auburn is also recruiting six-foot-eight center Keke Carrier, who took an official visit to Auburn with Boddie and Bonner.

Fortner's first Auburn team begins its first full squad practice with a "Midnight Mayhem" combination workout with the men's team starting with festivities at 10 p.m. on Friday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The players can't take the court until after midnight to begin the practice.

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