Basketball Tigers Recruiting Point Guards

The basketball Tigers are expected to sign two players this spring with one being a point guard.

Auburn is looking to the junior college ranks for a point guard for the spring basketball signing period that runs April 10-May 15. One of the candidates has an in-state connection and another has played with an early Auburn signee.

The Tigers are recruiting 5-11, 170-pound sophomore Erick Wills from Allegany Community College as well as 6-0, 190-pound Chris Lollar from Johnson County, Kan., Community College. Wills is from Laurel, Md., while Lollar is a native of Birmingham, where he played high school basketball at John Carroll.

Wills played high school basketball at Maryland state private school champion Newport Prep in Kensington, the same school that sent point guard Jamison Brewer to Auburn. That is also the school that November signee Steve Leven played at during his junior year before transferring to Laurinburg, N.C., Prep for his senior season. Leven, a 6-5 guard from Australia, will join the Auburn program in August.

At Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., Lollar played on the Division II national junior college championship team as a freshman when he averaged 10.7 points and 8.6 assists per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.3 assists per outing. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 72.3 percent at the foul line. He will leave the school with Johnson County records for most assists in a game, season and career.

"In my 11 seasons as the coach at Johnson County, Chris is by far the best point guard we have ever had," Coach Mike Jeffers says. "He is a very solid kid on and off the floor. He has a tremendous work ethic. He practices hard and plays hard in the games. He goes to class and does a good job there. Two years from now he will be graduating from college and will have been a big contributor to whatever program he plays for. Chris is a great passer who sees the floor well and is a threat from three-point range."

Jeffers says that Oregon State, Iowa State, UTEP, UAB and Wisconsin are among the colleges that have been recruiting Lollar.

"We had a 51-16 record in the games Chris played point guard for us," Lollar says. "We lost one of our key players to injury this year and we graduated several of our top players off of the national championship so that explains why his scoring was up and his assists were down. We asked him to take a little more of the offensive load and he did."

Erick Wills

As a freshman, Wills played at Vincennes Junior College in Indiana where he averaged eight points and 2.8 assists for a 26-5 team that was the juco national champion in 2001. He transferred to Allegany this season where his team posted a 17-0 conference record and is currently 29-2 heading into the March 19-23 national junior college tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wills made the Region XX All-Tournament team this season. Allegany will face Schoolcraft College of Michigan in the opening round of the tournament. Schoolcraft, the junior college that sent Derrick Bird to Auburn last year, defeated Vincennes 72-62 in the Region Tournament finals.

Auburn is looking for quickness at the point and Wills could be the answer if he picks Auburn over Providence, Rutgers, LSU and other colleges who have been recruiting him.

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