Prep School Power Forward Interested in AU

Jeff Lebo's Auburn men's basketball team is in the mix with a big man prospect.

Lenoir, N.C.--Auburn is looking for a big man for the 2007 signing class and looks to be the leader for 6-8 a power forward who is playing this season at a North Carolina prep school.

Tyrell Lynch, a 2006 graduate out of Niagara Falls High in New York, took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend.

"He is a good player," says Patterson School head coach Chris Chaney. "He is 6-8 or 6-9. He is very long, very active. He has got a lot of potential. He is definitely not a project.

"His potential is unlimited because of how he runs and because he defends well," Chaney adds. "I think he will be a real good player. I think he is definitely leaning toward Auburn."

Lynch is a prospect who drew a lot of recruiting attention from major programs while playing for Niagara Falls High and for the GC Ballers AAU team. However, a year of prep school was needed to work on his academics. He has been recruited by UNC-Charlotte, Syracuse, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Buffalo, Siena, Pitt, St. Bonaventure, Kansas State, Iowa State and other colleges.

Chaney notes that Lynch is a power forward, who weighs in the 220-pound range. "He rebounds well and is very tough and very aggressive," the coach says.

Chaney coached the national champion prep team two seasons ago at Laurinburg Institute, a team that went 40-0. He says that he believes his team at The Patterson School will have a big season this year.

"I think we have a very hard-nosed, tough team that is playing well," he says. "They are doing everything we ask them to do. Hopefully, we will be the best prep team in the country, but that is easier said than done."

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