Basketball Tigers Looking For Big Man

Auburn is still busy on the spring men's basketball recruiting scene looking to land another signee.

Tallahassee, Fla.--With one scholarship left for the spring signing period, Auburn is expected to have at least one more prospect on campus for an official recruiting visit this month.

Rodney Tucker, a 6-8, 230-pound power forward from Tallahassee Community College, is expected to visit Auburn this weekend. Tucker averaged 14.4 points and 6.89 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He made 61.4 percent of his field goals and 61 percent of his foul shots. He blocked 31 shots, had 23 steals and committed 32 turnovers in 27 games.

Rodney Tucker

He has two years to play two seasons after originally signing with and attending Florida State. He redshirted with the Seminoles as a true freshman and averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds as a redshirt freshman.

Tallahassee Community College coach Eddie Barnes says that Tucker has narrowed his choice of colleges to three schools--Auburn, UConn and Cincinnati. "He is definitely an ACC-SEC type of prospect," Barnes says.

Tucker is originally from Stone Mountain, Ga., High School, where he was a high profile prospect. He averaged 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds as a senior with four blocks and four steals per game while hitting 58 percent of his shots. He averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior.

Auburn missed on one of its spring signing period prime recruits who is from one of Tallahassee Community College's league rivals. Kareem Johnson, a 6-8, 260-pound forward and center from Chipola, Fla., Junior, picked Cincinnati where he visited this past weekend, selecting the Bearcats over the Tigers, Oklahoma State and UNC-Charlotte.

The Tigers got the junior college point guard they were looking for when 2000-2001 National Juco Player of the Year Chris Lollar signed with Auburn out of Johnson County, Kan., Community College last week.

The Tigers are also expected to add a 5-11 walk-on point guard, Roscoe Biggers, who is originally from New York City. He played at Mt. Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina this past season.

This past weekend, the Tigers got an official visit from shooting guard Marcus McGee, a three-year starter for Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. As a senior he 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 and has been recruited by teams from around the country. He is listed as 6-4 1/2 by Boyd Anderson High, however, he is probably closer to six-foot-two.

Signee Lollar, a 6-0, 190 guard, 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., where he was named a first team All-American.

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.

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