Juco Star Picks AU Over Lady Vols, USC

Niceville, Fla..--Auburn picked up what looks to be a valuable addition to its incoming signee class with junior college standout guard Tamela McCorvey selecting the Tigers over Tennessee and South Carolina.

"Auburn is getting a really good player," says Okaloosa-Walton head coach Brittney Ezell. "She is a tremendous athlete. She is quick on quick."

A 5-9 sophomore who can play both guard spots, McCorvey made a very impressive 61-109 three-point attempts last season for her 20-9 team.

"I think Auburn is a good fit for me," McCorvey tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It is close to home, I like the campus and they have been recruiting me for a long time."

A National Junior College Athletic Association honorable mention All-America selection, she averaged 11.9 points per game along with 5.1 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.4 rebounds.

"Coach Fortner is getting a great player, who is also a great person," Ezell says. "She has all of the skills you want in an SEC basketball player and I believe she is the type of person you can build a team around."

McCorvey played high school basketball at Woodham in Pensacola, Fla., where she was a first team All-State selection as a senior. She was named to the all-conference and All-State juco teams this past season.

McCorvey, who led the state in steals, hit 51 percent from the field and 60 percent at the foul line as a sophomore and is a good defensive player, Ezell notes.

The guard says she believes defense is her strength. "Our coaches in high school emphasized defense," McCorvey says.

Offensively, her long range jump shot is her strength. "I have always had a good three-point shot," says McCorvey, who notes that she is equally comfortable at the point guard or two guard positions.

McCorvey will have two seasons of eligibility. AU's other spring signee, 6-0 small forward Trevesha Jackson of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla., will have three seasons of eligibility at AU.

In the early signing period last November, the Tigers signed 5-11 guard Reneisha "Ree-Ree" Hobbs of Johnson High in Huntsville along with 6-2 forward Milaika Pickard of Carver High in Columbus, Ga., and 6-0 forward Jordan Greenleaf of Morrow, Ga., High.

Hobbs was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama after averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists as a senior. Pickard averaged 19.2 points and 10.1 rebounds while Greenleaf afveraged 18 points and 11 rebounds per contest.

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