New Hoops Commitment Excited About Auburn

Birmingham, Ala.--For Auburn's first public verbal basketball commitment for the early signing period in November, the words that a scholarship to play for the Auburn Tigers was being offered were music to her ears.

Ruth Ketcham, a five-foot-seven point guard for Briarwood Christian, says the chance to play for the Tigers is a dream come true.

"After Coach (Nell) Fortner offered me a scholarship I walked outside and hugged my daddy and I was crying I was so happy and he was emotional, too, because he knows how much it means to me to able to play for Auburn," Ketcham says.

"I am a huge Auburn fan and it has always been my dream to play basketball there," she says. "Both of my parents are Auburn graduates and I have loved Auburn since I was little."

Ketcham earned her scholarship offer with a strong junior year and an excellent performance at Auburn's elite basketball camp that attracted many of the top prospects in state as well as outstanding players from other areas.

As a junior, Ketcham averaged 17.4 points and 3.2 assists per game in her first season at Briarwood Christian. She added 91 steals.

An honor student with a 3.8 grade point average, she was home-schooled prior to her junior year and played for Hope Christian and Evangel Christian schools before moving to Class 5A Briarwood where she could face better competition and improve her chances of receiving scholarship offers.

Although it is still more than a year before she will report to Auburn for the 2007-2008 season, she already had early offers Alabama, UAB, Tulsa and others before "the" offer came from the Tigers.

Ketcham showed excellent ball handling and passing skills at Auburn's elite camp and a quick release on a jump shot, which she hit consistently in games and drills against a variety of talented players. She also played excellent defense and notes that might be the strongest part of her game as she prepares for her senior season.

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