J.O. Johnson Standout Picks Fortner's Tigers

Huntsville, Ala.--Auburn has picked up its first public verbal commitment for the 2006-2007 women's basketball team.

Reneisha "Ree-Ree" Hobbs, a 5-11 guard/forward from Johnson High School, will sign with the Tigers in November says her high school coach, Robert Malone.

"Reneisha is very excited about going to play for Auburn and having the opportunity to play college basketball with her sister," Malone says. "She is a tremendous athlete. Coach (Nell) Fortner is getting a very good basketball player."

Sherrell Hobbs, her older sister, will be a freshman for this season's team and is considered an outstanding prospect like her younger sister, who is scheduled to start for a fourth straight season at Johnson High.

"Reneisha has played everything for us," Malone notes. "She can play the one (point guard), two (shooting guard) and three (small forward) and she has even played in the post. She is a great athlete who has a 33-inch vertical jump."

Hobbs, a second team All-State selection as a junior, was the most talented player in this summer's Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Game despite being limited by a bruised Achilles heel. However, she is full speed now and ready to have a big senior season.

"Last year we were the state runnerup (Class 5A) and this year I really think we have a great chance to win it all with Reneisha leading us," Malone says. "She is a very unselfish player. Sometimes I have to tell her to shoot the ball more.

"Defensively, she is outstanding," the coach adds. "She has very quick feet and she is very aggressive. She averaged around 22 points for us as a junior and around six rebounds and six assists per game. I have had the opportunity to coach her since she was in junior high and I know that she is really excited about her decision to sign with Auburn."

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