3-Point Ace Selects Lebo's Tigers

Shooting guard Tay Waller, who put up impressive shooting numbers last season, talks about his decision to be an Auburn Tiger.

Niceville, Fla.--Jeff Lebo was looking for a three-point shooting threat for his 2008 basketball signee class and he has picked up one with Tay Waller of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College verbally committing to the Auburn Tigers.

A very quick 6-2, 180-pound guard from Manchester, Ga., who is a sophomore at Okaloosa-Walton, announced that he will play for Lebo's Tigers beginning with the 2008-2009 season.

Waller's teammate, 6-8, 220-pound sophomore post player Johnny Lett, is also planning to sign with the Tigers in November. Lett is originally from B.C. Rain High in Mobile.

Waller says there are several reasons he chose the Tigers over the Kansas Jayhawks and UAB Blazers after becoming a highly-regarded recruit during his impressive freshman season when he earned first team all-conference honors when he made 117 three-pointers.

"I have been interested in Auburn for a long time," Waller tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "They have been recruiting me since I was in high school.

"Another reason I picked Auburn is because it is close to home," he says. "It is only about 45 minutes away from Manchester so my family will be able to see me play and that is important."

Waller says the family's input is something he seriously considered. "My parents really wanted me to go to Auburn and play for Coach Lebo," he says.

Last, but not least, for the former Manchester standout who averaged 24 points per game as a high school senior is that he will have a friend and former teammate on the Auburn team. Korvotney Barber, a McDonald's All-American at Manchester High, was a senior in high school when Waller was a junior. "Vot being at Auburn is important," he says.

Waller set a school record for three-pointers made at Manchester and displayed his good shooting touch as a junior college freshman when he averaged 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. His high point game was 39 in the season finale.

His 117 made treys is impressive, however, a 91.8 percent mark at the free throw line is an eye-opening stat in any league.

"I was a good free throw shooter in high school, but not that good," he says of the mark that set a school record at Okaloosa-Walton. "We shoot so many free throws in practice here that it really helped me."

Auburn had previously received a commitment from guard Frank Sullivan from R.C. Hatch High School. The Tigers are also recruiting high school forward Toby Veal, who is close to announcing his decision with his final three including the Tigers along with Colorado and Colorado State.

The Tigers also have a verbal from high school junior forward Rob Chunn, a 6-8, 215-pounder, who is a member of the 2009 class out of McIntosh High in Peachtree City, Ga.

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