Talented Hoops Prospect Interested in Auburn

A men's basketball recruiting report features an exciting young prospect interested in Jeff Lebo's program.

Savannah, Ga.--A prospect who is expected to be one of the top high school juniors in the state of Georgia for the 2006-2007 basketball season, Toby Veal, has early scholarship offers from Auburn and other colleges.

Veal, a 6-7, 210 forward at Johnson High School, received a recruiting visit from Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo last Thursday, notes Veal's coach, Keith Arrington.

"I have been a head coach for 25 years and he is the best kid I have ever coached," Arrington tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is just a great kid. He is a joy to be around. He works hard. He is a ‘yes sir, no sir,' very polite young man. Any teacher would tell you the same thing.

"The second thing that stands out about him is that he is off the charts athletically. Toby can run and jump. He has the things you can't really teach.

"He has worked very hard on his skill level," Arrington notes. "We are working on his perimeter stuff. Obviously, he has to play a lot of post for us, but I am projecting him as a three (small forward) in college.

"He has really worked hard on his perimeter game--his three-point shooting and his ball-handling," the Johnson High coach says. "He has really come a long way in that area. He is doing a great job and looking good."

Veal was a part-time starter on the high school varsity team as a freshman and a full-time starter last season as a sophomore.

"Last year in our very first game we played Savannah High, which was the favorite in the city, Toby had 34 points and 17 rebounds," Arrington says. "That was kind of his coming out party even though his freshman year he had some really good games, but this one was a ‘wow' game. It was very impressive."

Toby Veal

At 210 pounds with excellent quickness and jumping ability, Veal is already attracting attention from major college programs. He has even been compared to a former Auburn All-American forward.

"A college coach, and I am not going to name names, told me that Toby reminded him of Chris Porter with a jump shot," Arrington says. "That is pretty good. I am not saying Toby is there yet, but that is what the guy told me. He is good. We hope he will eventually be as good as Chris Porter."

Veal plays basketball year-around, but he does compete in another sport. He is currently training for the Johnson High cross country team, which is also coached by Arrington, to help get in peak shape for hoops season. Off the court he is taking care of business, too.

"He is doing real well in the classroom," says Arrington, who says Veal will "certainly be" an academic qualifier. "We have a good school academically and they are challenging him."

Arrington notes that Veal has an interest in Lebo's Auburn program. "He is very interested in Auburn," the coach says. "He is interested in Clemson. He likes Miami and he likes Virginia Tech right now. All of those people have offered him.

"Coach Lebo watched him work out and talked to him probably 25-30 minutes," Arrington notes. "He really likes him."

Veal is expected to visit the Auburn campus in November the weekend of the Georgia at Auburn football game for an unofficial visit.

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