Fortner's Tigers Receive Another Commitment

Montgomery, Ala.--Auburn has picked up its second verbal commitment for the early November signing period for the 2007-2008 freshman class as another one of the state's top prospects has chosen to play for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers.

Cassie Moore, a nationally-recruited 6-3 1/2 center from Class 6A state champion Jeff Davis High, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that she will play her college basketball at Auburn.

Moore, who was recruited by colleges as far away as the West Coast, says she narrowed her choices to two schools before making a decision. "Florida is the other one I really considered," she says.

However, she notes that Auburn had so many positives going for it that the decision was not a difficult one.

"I love the atmosphere on the campus and I like the coaching staff and the players," she says. "It is also very close to home. It is exactly 50 miles from my house to the coliseum and that will make it easy for my parents to see my home games."

Moore, who will be a third year starter as a senior at Jeff Davis, will play in the state north-south all-star game this summer in Huntsville and she is also playing AAU basketball for The Montgomery Heat. As a junior she averaged 17 points per game and earned a reputation as a physical player in the post who is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker.

She was a standout at a recent elite basketball camp on the Auburn campus, which she says she was glad she attended. "I learned a lot of post moves and new ways to post up," she notes. "I learned a lot of new things."

Another player at that camp, point guard Ruth Ketcham of Briarwood Christian, announced last week that she will sign with the Tigers. Fortner's Tigers are only expected to sign three players for the 2007-2008 freshman class so they have just one spot available.

Shooting guard Alli Smalley of Arab High School, who was also a standout at the Auburn elite camp, has been offered the remaining spot in the signing class and is considering the Tigers along with Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.

Moore says she is looking forward to her senior season. "We should have another strong team," she says. "It feels wonderful to win the state championship. Just because it happens one time, you aren't destined to do it again. You have to work extra hard to make it happen."

She and two teammates return as starters for the Class 6A state champions. An honor student, Moore is working on her ball-handling skills this summer. When she enrolls at Auburn she is considering either primary education or physical therapy for her major.

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