"Auburn is getting a great player," says Tallahassee Community College head coach Teresa Atkinson. "She was our go-to player this season."
Lorza, who is from Miami, Fla., is a six-footer who played the past two seasons at Tallahassee Community College. She averaged 7.2 points and rebounds and 3.4 assists as a freshman and increased those totals to 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest this past season. She hit 45.4 percent of her field goals, 65 percent from the foul line and averaged 1.25 steals per contest.
A two-time All-Panhandle Conference pick, she helped her team to a third place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship as a freshman.
"She led our team in scoring and played very well in an extremely tough league," Atkinson says. "She is also a delightful person to coach. She is on the dean's list here so academics has never been a problem for her. She was a very good student coming to us out of high school."
Lorza averaged 21 points and 12.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Braddock High. She picked the Tigers over Syracuse, South Carolina and other colleges.
She will join four early signees for Coach Joe Ciampi's new recruiting class. Other newcomers include 6-5 center Marita Payne from Australia, 6-3 power forward Dani Kubik from Collins Hill High in Lawrenceville, Ga.; 5-9 guard Lee Durant from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minn., and 5-8 point guard Nitisha Brown from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Lorza was born in Colombia in South America and came to Miami as a five-year-old. She was an academic qualifier out of high school, but chose Tallahassee Community College so she could fulfill her dream of playing college basketball at the highest level instead of settling for a mid-major offer out of her tiny high school...Signee Dani Kubik finished her senior season in style as Collins Hill repeated as Georgia state champions. Her physical style of play is expected to be well-suited for the rough and tumble play that is the norm around the basket in SEC women's hoops...The men's team, which has signed 6-0, 190 point guard Chris Lollar from Johnson County Community College, is looking to sign a juco star from the Panhandle Conference. Chipola Community College's Kareem Johnson, a 6-8, 260-pounder, visited Auburn last weekend and is scheduled to be at the University of Cincinnati this weekend. Johnson, who is originally from Eufaula, has also visited Oklahoma State and UNC-Charlotte. Cincy looks to be the competition for the Tigers...The men's team is entertaining a South Florida prep star this weekend--6-4 1/2 guard Marcus McGee from Boyd Anderson High School. McGee, a three-year starter for Boyd Anderson High School, is being recruited by Auburn. As a senior, the 200-pounder averaged 18.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Cobras. He averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior. "Marcus is a high-major type of prospect," says Boyd Anderson coach Wylie Howard. FSU, Miami, North Carolina State, Clemson, Tulane, South Florida and Kansas State are among the colleges recruiting McGee.