Lebo's Tigers Add Juco Point Guard Verbal

The Auburn men's basketball team has picked up another verbal commitment from the junior college ranks. This one is from a highly ranked point guard.

Council Bluffs, Iowa--The men's basketball team picked up its second verbal commitment of the week for the early signing period in November and the second of the week as Anthony Salter chose the Tigers.

A 5-11 point guard from Iowa Western Community College, he chose Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers over Western Kentucky and said he was recruited by a variety of other colleges from around the country.

"I feel like Auburn is a great fit for me," he says. "It is just a couple of hours from home and it is an opportunity to play basketball in the SEC, which is a great conference. I really like the coaching staff. Jeff Lebo is a great coach and I like Coach (Tim) Craft who has been recruiting me."

Originally from Tallahassee, Fla., he averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists as a freshman while earning All-Region honors.

Salter, who took an official visit to Auburn in September, hit 48 percent of his field goals and 38 percent of his threes as a freshman. His high scoring game was 28 vs. Moberly.

Mike Mitchell of Midwest Scouting Service says that Auburn is getting a very good point guard. "I have him ranked as the top junior college sophomore point guard in the country," Mitchell tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"The thing that really stands out about him is that he is a well-round point guard," Mitchell says. "He is a good scorer, but gets his points within the framework of a team concept. Some point guards who score a lot do that by dominating the ball, but he doesn't do that.

"Another thing that is impressive about him is that he is strong," Mitchell points out. "He is only 5-11 to six-feet tall, but he is built like a fullback. A lot of times point guards that size have a tough time adjusting to college ball because they aren't strong enough and get knocked off balance a lot, but he won't have that problem."

With the Tigers graduating senior point guard DeWayne Reed after this season, Mitchell says that Salter has a talent to step into that role immediately. "I can see him being a starter on a good SEC team," the scout says.

He was a Class 4A All-State pick at Rickards High where he averaged 19 points, six assists and four rebounds per contest.

Another juco player committed to the Tigers this week. Adrian Forbes, a 6-8, 230 forward who is from Jamaica, picked the Tigers over TCU and others. Forbes is a sophomore at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. He averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds last season as a junior college freshman. He hit 53 percent of his field goals, 59 percent of his free throws and averaged two blocks per game.

Lebo also has verbal commitments from a pair of high school seniors. Jalen Steele is a 6-2 shooting guard from Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn. Heath Houston is a 6-7 forward from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga.

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