Fortner Comments on Four Signees

Auburn, Ala.--Nell Fortner and the Auburn women's basketball program signed four prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday--Chantel Hilliard, Morgan Jennings, Parrisha Simmons and Sierra "CeCe" Sims.

"I am very excited about the future of our program with the addition of these four players," Fortner says. "They are fast, quick, and just extremely athletic. With the style of basketball we are playing, we have to continue bringing in this high caliber of athleticism. They are hard-working kids, but I just love their speed and quickness. We are excited about this class."

Hilliard, a 6-2 forward/center from St. Martin High School in Biloxi, Miss., averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks per game as a high school junior. She was the 2006 District MVP.

"Chantel is a smooth, agile post player who runs the floor well," Fortner notes. "She is very skilled on both ends of the floor. She is a tremendous defender who defends with a lot of energy but then gets out on the break and can finish on the other end. We are excited about her size and speed."

Jennings, a 5-8 guard, averaged 9.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.9 steals as a junior and was an all-state selection at Frederick Douglass High in Atlanta. She also plays softball and competes in track and field.

"Morgan could possibly be the best athlete to ever come through women's basketball at Auburn," Fortner says of Jennings. "She was in the top three in terms of athletic ability of all the kids that I saw this summer. She has experienced great success in three sports in high school and can also dunk a basketball. She is a tremendous defender and brings so much athleticism to the floor, which with the style that we are playing, will fit in nicely."

Simmons, from Southwest Macon (Ga.), High School, averaged 17.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and three blocks last season. She is a two-time all-state performer.

"Parrisha has great speed and quickness, but her lateral movement is one of the best I have ever seen," Fortner says. "She can play lock-down defense and that is very important to the success of our team. She can get out on the break really quick and finishes very strong to the basket."

As a junior, Sims averaged 7.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game at Brentwood, Tenn., High School.

"CeCe brings tremendous leadership with her in that point guard spot," Fortner notes. "She brings the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and a fitness level that you don't see in high school kids very much. She spends a lot of time on her fitness and is committed to it, which means she will be able to get up and down the floor at a very fast pace to lead this team. She is a great leader and a hard-worker, which you need at that point guard spot."


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