Tigers Get Verbal From Hoops Prospect

Auburn has picked up a verbal commitment for next season's basketball team.

Houston, Tex.--A 6-1 point guard from Wheatley High School is Auburn's third men's basketball commitment for the 2006-2007 freshman class.

Dewayne Reed, who averaged 22.2 points per game as a senior, is expected to sign with the Tigers in the spring period. He averaged 23 points per game as a junior.

Currently uncommitted players can sign scholarship papers for the spring period starting on April 12th.

Auburn already has two early period signees to join Coach Jeff Lebo's team. The Tigers have signed 6-6 forward Lucas Hargrove from Richland Northeast High in Columbia, S.C., and 6-4 guard Kelvin Lewis from North Crowley High in Fort Worth, Tex.

The Tigers are also recruiting 7-2, 255-pound center Jason Bennett, who took an official visit to Auburn this week. Bennett, who made the trip with his parents despite being ill, is also considering Alabama and Michigan.

Bennett is a high school senior who could be an early impact player at Auburn because the Tigers are looking for a true center.

Bennett helped Arlington Country Day post a 27-3 record on the way to the Class 2A state title. The Apaches put on a dominating performance in the state title game, defeating Benjamin High of North Palm Beach by a 73-37 score.

Bennett averaged 13 points, 13 rebounds and nearly 10 blocked shots per game as a senior.

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