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Auburn's men's basketball team has added two more verbal commitments.

Niceville, Fla.--Auburn picked up its second and third verbal commitments for the 2008 men's basketball signee class from a pair of junior college teammates on Wednesday.

Tay Waller, a 6-2, 180 guard from Manchester, Ga., who is a sophomore at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College announced that he will sign with Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers along with 6-8, 220 post player Johnny Lett, who played his high school basketball at B.C. Rain in Mobile.

Waller was an All-Panhandle Conference pick as a freshman averaging 18.4 points per game with 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He hit 45 percent of his field goals and made 40 percent of his three-pointers.

Waller made 117 threes, which is a school record. At the foul line he made a school record of 91.8 percent of his shots. His final game of his freshman season, he scored a season-high 39 points in a victory over Gulf Coast that included 10 treys.

Waller played high school basketball with Auburn forward Korvotney Barber.

Lett averaged 2.9 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman while making 54 percent of his field goals. He originally signed with the University of Virginia out of high school. He was a second team Class 5A All-State selection as a senior when he averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds plus four blocked shots. As a junior he was a finalist for the Class 5A Player of the Year Award.

Johnny Lett

Auburn had previously gotten a commitment from guard Frank Sullivan from R.C. Hatch High School.

OWC coach Bruce Stewart announced that five of his players will sign with Division I programs. The other three are Lashun Watson who is going to South Alabama, Keith Ramsey to Missouri and Josh Hunter to Appalachian State. Auburn also recruited Watson, who originally signed a football scholarship with Kentucky out of Greenville, Ga., High.

Both players said they felt good about their decisions. "Auburnis close to home and I know Vot (Korvotney Barber), "Waller said.

"Auburn is a good fit for my position and the way I play because the person at my position is leaving and the coach (Jeff Lebo) said I could come in and pick up where he left off." Waller said he picked the Tigers over Kansas and UAB.

Lett said he picked Auburn over Georgia State, Penn State and New Mexico State. "I know when I go there they'll be running out of big men so I have the potential to play ball right away and get valuable minutes," said Lett, who chose the Tigers over Georgia State, Penn State and New Mexico State.

Lett said he thinks Auburn will be a good fit. "It is close to home and I feel like I will fit in real well there," he said.

Lett and Waller visited Auburn the weekend of the New Mexico State football game. Both are expected to sign in the early period in November.

The Tigers also have a verbal from high school junior forward Rob Chunn, who is a member of the 2009 class.

Perry Ballard and Adam Prueitt of the Northwest Florida Daily News contributed to this report.



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