No. 8 Ranked Center Prospect Looking at AU

One of the nation's most highly regarded high school center prospects comments on his interest in the Tigers.

Jacksonville, Fla.--One of the top high school post players in the nation says he has serious interest in Auburn, a team that is looking to add a big man to its 2006-2007 season freshman class.

Jason Bennett, a 7-2, 255-pound center from Arlington Country Day School, tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that Coach Jeff Lebo's team is one of his favorites.

"I'm definitely considering Auburn," he says. "I'm thinking about committing to Auburn. I like Alabama, Michigan, Florida State and I'm really looking at the University of Texas."

He went into his season as the nation's No. 8 ranked center prospect by Scout.com and he is having an impressive senior year with averages of 15 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots per game.

"This is my best season so far," Bennett says. "All of my confidence has jumped up and it came on with my strength and everything. We played Lake Howell, the number one team in 5A, and I had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks that game."

Bennett notes that he originally planned to play for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, but when Coach Bob Huggins was fired he lost interest in that school and began looking at other programs.

"I have only taken unofficial visits," Bennett says. "I have taken unofficial visits to Cincinnati, Clemson and Wake Forest. Bennett notes that he plans to wait until his season at Arlington Country Day is finished before he begins taking official recruiting trips.

The center says he is looking for a college program that believes in getting the ball inside to the big guys. "I'm not a selfish player and l will pass it back out if I get double-teamed," he says.

Bennett is a mobile big man who has good quickness getting down the court. "I love running the floor," he says. "That is one of the best things coaches say about me because big men usually don't run the floor.

"They say I am the first center they have seen run the floor like that," he adds. "People have been saying I have got good coordination for a big man, a young big man."


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