Tay Waller, a 6-2, 180-pound shooting guard, tells Inside the Auburn Tigers he is excited about being reunited with his old high school teammate, Korvotney Barber, who is a junior on this year's Auburn team.
Johnny Lett, a 6-8, 220-pound post player, is from Mobile where he was a standout performer at B.C. Rain High. "I decided that I really believe Auburn is a good fit for me. It is close to home and my family can come watch me play games there. Auburn is going to be losing some seniors after this year so the opportunity is there for me."
Before they team up as Tigers, Lett and Waller have another season of junior college basketball to play at Okaloosa-Walton, a college known for having strong basketball teams. Lett says this should be one of them.
"We have six sophomores so I think we are going to be really good this year," Lett says. "Our goal is to win the conference, state and national championships this year."
Lett, who originally signed with the University of Virginia Cavaliers as a high school senior, has been working on his offensive game in the offseason. His teammate Waller says he can see a difference.
"Johnny is a real strong defensive player who blocks a lot of shots," Waller says. "This year we are expecting him to be more of a scorer."
Lett agrees. "I have been working on my shooting and I think the strength of my game is my jump hook and I can hit the jumper from 10 feet to 15 feet."
The big man is expected to play center and power forward for the Tigers. "I am a low post player," he says.
Lett averaged 2.9 points and 4.2 rebounds as a juco freshman while making 54 percent of his field goals. He averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds plus four blocked shots as a senior at B.C. Rain High where he was a second team 5A All-State pick.
"I played high school ball against Gabe McKenzie and Antonio Coleman," says Lett, who notes that he watched those two Auburn football players in action on a recruiting visit to AU the weekend the Tigers faced New Mexico State on the gridiron. "I didn't get a chance to talk to Gabe and Antonio on my recruiting visit."
New Mexico State was one of the colleges he considered along with Penn State and Georgia State before choosing Auburn. As Okaloosa-Walton prepares to open the 2007-2008 season, Lett says he has been busy working on his foul shooting. "I have shot a bunch of them," he says.
Auburn now has three verbal commitments for the 2008 signee class. The first one was from guard Frank Sullivan, an All-State senior at R.C. Hatch High in Uniontown, Ala.
Lett, Waller and Sullivan are expected to sign with the Tigers in November.
The Tigers also have a verbal commitment from high school junior forward Rob Chunn, who is a member of the 2009 class out of McIntosh High in Peachtree City, Ga.