More "Big" News For AU Basketball Tigers

Auburn basketball racked up its fourth commitment for the signing class of 2005.

Pickens, S.C.--Auburn has picked up more much needed size with its fourth verbal commitment for the class of 2005-2006. Josh Dollard, a 6-8, 215-pound power forward from Prince Avenue Prep, has pledged to sign with Auburn in the early signing period that starts Nov. 10th.

Dollard, who also plays defensive end for the football team, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game last season.

"I like the situation at Auburn," Dollard says. "They will give me a chance to come in and start at the three (small forward position). With the other freshmen they are recruiting for '05, I think we have a chance to come in and make a run at the SEC Championship."

The forward also says he is excited about the opportunity to play for new Auburn coach Jeff Lebo and his staff.

Dollard's coach Mark Knight says that the Tigers will be getting a great all around power forward with Dollard's commitment. "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."

Josh Dollard

The senior forward notes that he should fit very well into Coach Jeff Lebo's up-tempo system. "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."

Knight, who says that Dollard is on track to qualify academically, notes that he should make an immediate impact at Auburn. "He will start immediately as a freshman in college," the coach predicts.

Dollard, who chose the Tigers over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Oklahoma and UAB, joins current Auburn commitments Rasheem Barrett, a 6-4 1/2, 210-pound guard/forward from Marist in Atlanta, Joey Cameron, a 6-9, 240-pound power forward from Leeds High School and Jarvis Hill, a 6-3, point guard from Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina where he recently transferred from Central Park Christian in Birmingham. Hill is from Starkville, Miss., where he was an All-State player as a junior.


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