Alverson to Continue Family Tradition at AU

A highly regarded high school junior women's basketball player discusses her reasons for choosing Auburn.

Buford, Ga.--Blanche Alverson, a highly regarded six-foot-three junior forward from Buford High School, says she plans to follow a family tradition and attend Auburn where she will play basketball for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers.

A starter since her ninth grade season at Andalusia High School, she attended the school in south Alabama through her sophomore season before moving to Buford, where she earned All-State honors and numerous other awards as a junior.

"My brother is a sophomore at Auburn and he is the fourth generation of my family to attend Auburn," says Alverson, who notes that she grew up following the Tigers.

Combine that with a good feeling about Fortner and her staff plus the players on the Auburn team and that helped convince Alverson to make an early decision to sign with the Tigers in the early period in November.

"I like the Auburn coaches after getting to know them and I feel the same way about the players," says Alverson, who chose the Tigers over Miami, Penn State, Louisville, Arkansas and others.

Alverson, who plays power forward and shooting guard for Buford and for the Peach State Elite AAU team, averaged 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior for Buford High. She is effective scoring from the perimeter as well as around the basket.

Ranked as the nation's No. 41 prospect by Hoopgurlz, Alverson will be in Cincinnati next weekend playing against top AAU teams from around the country and has been a standout performer for Peach State Elite.

Alverson, who led the Lady Wolves of Buford in scoring and rebounding, was a key player on a team that posted a 25-7 record and reached the Elite Eight round of the Class AA state tournament.

Auburn also has a verbal commitment for 2009 from 6-0 guard Megan Perkins, who averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds as a junior last season for Robert E. Lee High in Montgomery.


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