Prospect High On The Tigers

This big man discusses his recruiting, including his interest in Auburn.

Pickens, S.C.--Prince Avenue Prep basketball prospect Josh Dollard says that he really likes Auburn, but plans to take one more recruiting trip before making a decision on his college choice.

Dollard, a 6-8, 215-pound forward, has visited Auburn and Virginia Tech and says he plans to visit the University of Tennessee Oct. 22-23 before selecting a college.

"Auburn is a school that I am very interested in and it looks like it would be a good place for me," Dollard says. "Of all the colleges I have looked at, it looks to be the best opportunity."

New Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo is looking to add inside help in this recruiting class. The Tigers currently have only one player on their roster taller than six-foot-six. They have a commitment from 6-9 Joey Cameron of Leeds, Ala., High and 6-4 swingman Rasheem Barrett. Both are expected to sign with Auburn in November.

Josh Dollard

Lebo says Auburn will play an up-tempo style and Dollard says that is one of his strengths. "I can run the floor pretty good," he says. "I can also post up good. I would also say that I am a strong defensive player."

Dollard, who has been recruited by Indiana, UAB, Oklahoma and other colleges, enjoyed his visit to AU, according to his coach, Mark Knight. "This kid is a stud," Knight says. "He has the wing-span of someone who is 7-1. He is an excellent outside shooter who handles the ball well and is a natural three (small forward). With his reach and athletic ability, he is a very strong defensive player."

Dollard, who also plays defensive end and linebacker for Prince Avenue Prep in football, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game last season in basketball.

Knight says that Dollard is on track to be an academic qualifier and predicts that he is player who can be an impact performer whichever college he chooses. "He will start immediately as a freshman in college," the coach predicts.

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