Malone, who averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game for North Clayton High School this past season, plans to sign with the Tigers in November.
Malone, who says he has been a starter since his freshman season, says, "I am going to sign with Auburn." Malone notes he had scholarship offers from Georgia and South Carolina and was also being heavily recruited by Kansas State, Michigan and Xavier.
Commenting on why he picked the Tigers, "I like the style of play. I like Coach Cooper (assistant head coach John Cooper) and Coach Lebo a lot. They are one of the main reasons why I chose Auburn. I like the Auburn players, too."
Malone, who plays AAU basketball for the Atlanta Celtics, says he hasn't decided what he wants to study in college. He notes that he is on the honor roll at North Clayton High.
For his senior season, he plans to work on his dribbling and quickness. "Auburn likes me because I can shoot threes," Malone says. "My game is developing and I can get my shot off the dribble and I am working on my defense."
As a junior the shooting guard says his best performance came against Sandy Creek High. "We played that game at Phillips Arena and I scored 32 points and had 18 rebounds."
He is Auburn's second verbal commitment for the 2009 class joining Robert Chubb, 6-9 forward from McIntosh High in Peachtree City, Ga.