AU Hoops Signee Comments on Barbee Hire

Comments from the state of Tennessee's Mr. Basketball, Jalen Steele, are featured.

Knoxville, Tenn.--Auburn signee Jalen Steele says he is looking forward to hearing from new Auburn head coach Tony Barbee who was introduced on Thursday evening as the 20th head men's basketball coach in AU history.

Barbee says one of his top priorities will be to get in touch with Auburn's six signees from the early period. None of those players had a better season than the 6-2 guard from Fulton High School who was named Tennessee's Mr. Basketball as a senior.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to Coach Barbee yet," Steele tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have heard is a (John) Calipari type coach who likes the dribble-drive. That is all I know about him right now."

Steele signed with Auburn in November when Jeff Lebo was in charge of the program. However, Lebo was fired after the SEC Tournament and replaced by Barbee, who is making the move to Auburn from UTEP.

Asked if everything is still good with his commitment to Auburn, Steele says, "Yes, for right now,"?he says. "I am looking forward to him calling me or visiting me pretty soon to make sure everything is okay with recruiting."

As a senior the guard averaged 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.

"My senior year was alright,"?he says. "I wish we could have won state again. We won it my sophomore year and my junior year and I wanted to cap it off by winning it my senior year. We fell short to the team that won the whole thing. I think we had a good all-around year and I had a good all-around year."

Steele says he is excited about moving to Auburn for college despite the coaching change. "I am looking forward to a new beginning with the Auburn Tigers," he says.


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