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With the spring signing period closing in, the Tigers are looking to sign more basketball players.

Auburn, Ala.--A juco point point guard and a juco big man, both with in-state connections, are on official recruiting visits to Auburn with the spring basketball signing period just around the corner.

Coach Cliff Ellis and his staff have two scholarship slots available for the signing period that starts on Wednesday and runs through May 15th. The Tigers added two players during the early signing week last November.

Chris Lollar, a 6-0, 190-pound guard from Johnson County Community College in Kansas is visiting Auburn this weekend along with 6-8, 260-pound forward/center Kareem Johnson from Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. Before going to junior college, Johnson played at Eufaula High where he was one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama.

Chris Lollar

Lollar is a native of Birmingham, where he played high school basketball on a state championship team at John Carroll. He also played on the Division II junior college national champion his freshman season at Johnson County in Overland Park, Kan.

As a sophomore, Lollar averaged 13.4 points and 6.3 assists per contest. 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. As a freshman, he averaged 10.7 points and 8.6 assists per game.

"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 told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "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."

Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech look to be the major competition for Lollar, who has also been recruited by Oregon State, Iowa State, UTEP, UAB, Wisconsin and others.

"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 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."

Kareem Johnson

Johnson, who earlier took an unofficial visit to Auburn, is the type of power player the Tigers could use. He is known as a strong rebounder with solid offensive skills. He hit 68 percent of his shots at Chipola and averaged almost 16 points and a dozen rebounds per contest. The University of Cincinnati Bearcats look to be the main competition for Johnson, who has been recruited by a variety of colleges such as UNC-Charlotte, Oklahoma State, UAB, Illinois, Wyoming and others. As a high school senior, he was named Alabama's Class 5A Player of the Year.

The Tigers have already signed a two guard, six-foot-five Australian Steve Leven, who has a reputation as a strong three-point shooter. He signed with the Tigers in November along with 6-9 forward Terry Licorish from Toronto, Canada.

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