Bluechip Forward Explains Why He's AU Bound

Basketball player Brandon McGee tells Inside the Auburn Tigers why he is making a move to Auburn.

Chicago, Ill.--Auburn got another inside presence for the 2009-2010 season in men's basketball as 6-7, 220-pound forward Brandon McGee committed to the Tigers over Bradley, Oregon State and others.

A transfer from Indiana, McGee will have three seasons to play for the Tigers after sitting out of game action this season as a redshirt. He says he made his decision after taking a visit to Auburn a month ago.

"I narrowed it down to Oregon State and Auburn, then I chose Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I felt at home when I went there and that's one thing that's big with me. I am going to be far away from home and as long as I have the right people around me I'll be okay.

"I have an overall real good impression of Auburn," he adds. "I love the campus. I love the student body there. The football team is good and it's a good basketball program. They have an excellent coach and the assistants are good. I can see myself prevailing there."

Another thing that played into Auburn's hands as the building of a new basketball arena on the campus to replace Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. McGee says after seeing the plans for that he can't wait to play for the Tigers.

"I'm real, real excited," McGee says. "I'm ready to play in the new arena. I heard it's a 90 million dollar facility and I'm going to try my best to represent it."

A signee with Kelvin Sampson and Indiana out of Crane Tech High in Chicago after considering Depaul, Iowa and Florida, McGee was dismissed from the team in the spring after playing sparingly as a freshman. He says he wasn't familiar with Auburn Coach Jeff Lebo until he began to look for a new home the second time around.

"I wasn't really familiar with him until Indiana got rid of me," McGee says. "We were talking about my high school career and we got to know each other pretty well. I got a good feeling for his style of play and we just hit it off.

"We went through a lot of things at Indiana," he adds. "We got a new coach and then we got another coach after that. There were a lot of things going on and some different scenarios. Some players got kicked off and things changed. I just couldn't see myself in those surroundings any more."

McGee says he plans to move to Auburn at the beginning of August to begin working with his new team. While sometimes it's tough to sit out a full season, he notes it will give him a chance to improve his game in several areas.

"I have been working on a lot of things so far like my ball handling and shooting off screens," he says. "I have been working on sticking the three-man and sticking the guards. One thing I'll have to work on will probably be my ball handling."

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