Talented Guard Interested in Fortner's Tigers

Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers are recruiting a bluechip prospect from Georgia.

Tyrone, Ga.--One of the most impressive athletes to attend an Auburn summer basketball is a cat-quick point guard from Sandy Creek High School.

Morgan Toles caused major problems for defensive players trying to contain her moves and defensively pressured anyone near her with a basketball in their hands while camping at AU.

"She makes everybody on the floor better," says Sandy Creek coach Leslie Cooper. "When your best player is your hardest worker, everybody else has to step up to the plate."

The rising senior has early scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Duke and LSU and says that she doesn't have a big leader, but says that Auburn is her favorite.

"Morgan is probably one of the hardest working players I have ever coached," Cooper says. "Basically, she comes in the gym and works hard for two or three hours every day.

"In in-game situations, she is the leader in the floor," Cooper adds. "She gets us into the offense from her point guard position. Her strength is that she can penetrate and get to the basket. She also finds the open player wherever they are on the floor."

Morgan Toles handles the ball in a 2007 AAU game playing for the Georgia Metros.

Toles, who averaged 13 points and 4 1/2 assists as a junior, was an honorable mention All-State pick.

"I have been playing since I was four years old," the five-foot-eight point guard says. "My mom played in college and my whole family is sports-oriented so I just picked up on it."

Her mother played at the University of New Orleans. She is pretty good," Toles notes. "She could beat me up until about three years ago."

This summer the point guard is playing AAU ball with the Georgia Metros and is expecting to play on a strong Sandy Creek team as a junior after helping the squad reach the Elite Eight round of the state tournament in 2008.

Toles joined her teammates for a camp at Auburn that featured other high school squads from around the Southeast. "Basketball is a team game so it was good to come to the camp with my team," Toles says. "I also got to meet the players at Auburn and that was really good, too.

"At the camp you get different looks from different teams with different styles of play," Toles notes. "Doing that everybody improves. I love this kind of stuff."

Cooper says whoever signs Toles will be adding a good player to its team. "She is quick as lightning," the coach says. "She is a very good student, too. Morgan takes care of business in the classroom."

Toles, who played at St. Pius X as a freshmand and sophomore, says she is looking forward to her senior season at Sandy Creek with the squad returning most of its players. "I want to go out with a bang, have fun out there and play my hardest."

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