Forward Plans to Sign With Tigers

Columbus, Ga.--Auburn has picked up its second public verbal commitment for the 2006 women's basketball signee class from Carver High standout Milaika Pickard.

A 6-2, 215 power forward, she chose the Tigers over Clemson, Florida, Miami and a variety of other colleges, says Michael Woods, her AAU coach for the Georgia Jaguars.

"Auburn is getting a great prospect," Woods says. "She averages 22 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks per game. She can score facing the basket and she has a nice mid-range jump shot. She can also score with her back to the basket."

The coach says Pickard is an honor student, who Coach Nell Fortner and her staff will enjoy coaching. "She has made a lot of progress with her game in the past couple of years and has a real willingness to learn that will help her in college," Pickard notes.

Fortner and her staff are expected to sign at least three players. They have already received a verbal commitment from Reneisha Hobbs, a standout 5-11 guard from J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville.

Pickard, who goes by the nickname of "Mimi," got her first varsity start as a freshman and has been a full-time starter since her sophomore season. She plans to enroll in the nursing program at Auburn, her mother says.

Fortner, who is beginning her second season at Auburn, will be counting on a strong freshman class to lead the 2005-2006 team, which is scheduled to begin practice in less than two weeks.


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