Four-Star AU Verbal Opts for Change Venue

One of the nation's top prospects for the 2009 signee class discusses his senior season move and his official visit to Auburn.

Atlanta, Ga.--Andre Malone hopes to follow a strong summer of basketball with a strong senior season. He will be doing it in a new location with new teammates.

The 6-5, 202-pound shooting guard, who gave a verbal commitment to Auburn in March, will play his senior season at South Atlanta High School for several reasons.

Academic accreditation problems for the Clayton County school system are one reason why Malone left North Clayton High school. Another reason was his family moved from College Park to Atlanta.

"I am looking forward to playing with my new team," Malone tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We have Derrick Favors, who is the number one ranked prospect in the country. South Atlanta has been ranked number one in the state the last couple of years, but lost in the first round of the playoffs. I am hoping I can help them win the state championship this year."

Malone should certainly help his new team. He was a standout on the AAU circuit this year playing for the Atlanta Celtics with fellow Auburn commitment Robert Chubb, a 6-9 forward who is playing for Montverde Academy in Florida this year.

Malone performed so well that Scout.com bumped up his ranking from three stars to four stars. "I am excited about that, but I think I should be ranked even higher," says Malone, who is listed as the No. 25 shooting guard in the nation.

The high school senior, who plans to sign with the Tigers in November, noted that his official visit to Auburn over the weekend was enjoyable. "Tony Neysmith was my host and I had a really good time," he notes "I spent a lot of time with the other players and went out with them. The food was really good and I probably ate too much."

Malone, who wants to major in accounting at Auburn, met with academic advisers and attended the football game. "I am making good grades at my new school even though I am taking tougher classes," he says. "I am making all A's and B's." He adds that he was an honor student at North Clayton.

Malone averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior and says he has improved. "I have gotten quicker, taller, stronger and my jumping ability has improved," he says. "I think I have gotten a lot better."


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