Anthony Salter, a 5-11 point guard from Iowa Western Community College, committed to the Tigers on Wednesday. He says he picked the Tigers over Alabama, Western Kentucky, Baylor and a "lot of other colleges that have been calling me," he says.
Salter took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend after visiting the campus unofficially over the summer. He notes that he enjoyed the trip.
With Auburn featuring a senior (DeWayne Reed) starting point guard this season, that spot is expected to be vacant for the 2010-2011 season.
"It is a good opportunity and that is one of the things I considered in picking Auburn," says Salter, who points out that he knows he will have to work hard to earn a starting spot when he gets to the SEC program.
"A big reason why I chose Auburn is the coaches," he adds. "Coach Lebo does a great job coaching point guards and that is exciting to me. I like him a lot."
Salter also notes that he has built a good relationship with his recruiting coach, Tim Craft. "He has been recruiting me for a long time and Auburn did the best job of any of the colleges recruiting me," he says.
An All-Region player last season as a juco freshman, he averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists as a freshman while earning All-Region honors. Mike Mitchell of the Midwest Scouting Service rates Salter as the top sophomore point guard prospect in the nation.
"I am excited about my sophomore season," Salter says. "I think we are going to have a stronger team and I am going to concentrate on my role as a playmaker although I am still going to look to score, too."
He hit 48 percent of his field goals last season and came to Iowa Western with a background as a good scorer at Rickards High in Tallahassee, Fla., where he was a Class 4A All-State selection after averaging19 points, six assists and four rebounds per contest as a senior.
"I started for three years in high school," says Salter, who notes that he had originally planned to attend prep school after high school. However, he didn't have anything definitely lined up in the summer after graduating high school so he decided to take an offer to play for Iowa Western and says he is glad he did.
"It has been a really good experience for me," he says. "The coaching is really good and the competition is so is the competition. Also, we have great facilities. We play in one of the nicest junior college arenas in the country."
Salter toured the Auburn Arena project that is scheduled to be completed next summer when he will be reporting to the Auburn campus. "I really like it," he says. "It looks like it is going to be a great place for fans to watch a basketball game. The seats are really close to the playing floor."
Jim Morris, head coach at Iowa Western, says that Salter has been a strong performer for the Reivers. "He is a player who is hard to guard," Morris says. "He can penetrate and he shoots the ball well off the dribble. He is an extremely fast player. He gets from foul line to foul line very quickly."
With all five starters returning plus some new talent in the freshman class, Morris notes that Salter won't have to carry as much as the scoring load this season. "We are looking at him becoming more of a distributor this year," he says. "He is a strong point guard. He is a very coachable player and he is very good with the ball in his hands."
Salter is the second juco commitment for the 2010 signee class and is the fourth overall player who plans to sign with the Tigers in November. Other commitments include 6-8, 230 forward Adrian Forbes from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Tex., 6-2 guard Jalen Steele from Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and 6-7 forward Heath Houston from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga.