Tigers Pick Up Hot Basketball Big Man Prospect

A talented big man plans to sign with the basketball Tigers.

Chicago, Ill.--Auburn has picked up its first public verbal commitment for next year's men's basketball signee class from a talented center prospect.

Dewayne Curtis, a 6-9, 235-pound center from Whitney Young High School, plans to sign with the Tigers in the early period in November. His coach, Lamont Bryant, says the Tigers are getting one of the top centers in the nation.

Dewayne Curtis

"He is a tremendous prospect," says Bryant. "Auburn is getting a really good one. Tracy Dildy is the reason for that. He has been watching Curtis for a year and knows what a talented player he is." Dildy is the newest member of Coach Cliff Ellis' coaching staff. He joined the AU program last month.

Curtis is ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the nation by Theinsiders.com even though he was a backup last season to prep All-American Marcus White, who signed with the UConn Huskies.

Playing in two tournaments earlier this year in which he was the featured player at center, Curtis averaged 22 points and 18 rebounds per game, his coach notes. That was significantly better than his averages of 10 points and six rebounds as a junior, but he did average double-doubles in three games White missed, his coach says. Curtis did not play basketball as a sophomore while recovering from a broken bone in his foot.

Bryant says that Curtis picked the Tigers over hometown DePaul plus Wisconsin, Purdue and Iowa of the Big 10 and Nebraska of the Big 12. "This guy is a real steal for Auburn," Bryant says. "He didn't go to the summer camps because he is taking a summer school class (chemistry). If he had gone to the Nike or Adidas camps, he would have been the hot new prospect there."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Curtis helped Whitney Young to a 24-6 record last season. He has dropped 25 pounds since Bryant began coaching him as a junior. "He is a warrior on the court," the coach says. "He is a real leaper, he has real soft hands, he runs the floor well and is a tremendous rebounder."

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