Barbee's New Signee Sees Opportunity at AU

Auburn men's basketball signee Chris Denson talks about his decision to play for the Auburn Tigers.

Columbus, Ga.--Auburn now officially has its third signee of the Tony Barbee Era with Chris Denson and his parents signing scholarship papers on Wednesday and sending them back to Auburn.

The 6-2 guard from Shaw High School, who averaged just under 25 points per game as a senior, chose the Tigers for a variety of reasons.

"I like the location with Auburn being just 40 minutes from home and I like the players and coaches at Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I sat down and talked to Coach (Milt) Wagner and Coach Barbee and I really liked them. I also like the whole campus. They just welcomed me."

Wagner is an assistant coach for the Tigers and came to Auburn from UTEP along with Barbee's entire coaching staff.

Commenting on other colleges he seriously considered, Denson says, "Florida, UCLA, Northeastern, Buffalo and UNLV were the others."

Barbee had previously signed two forwards this spring--6-7 forward Josh Langford from Lee of Huntsville and 6-9 forward Luke Cothron from Flora MacDonald Academy in North Carolina.

An All-State selection this past season, Denson says the Auburn situation is a good one for him because the Tigers lost their starting point guard, DeWayne Reed, who graduated earlier this month and there are no scholarship point guards returning.

"I consider myself a point guard because I can control the ball and I tell all of my teammates where to go, direct traffic and get them the ball," he says. "I like to do that.

"The best part of my game is my driving ability to take the ball to the rack and finish," he adds. "The other thing is my outside shooting."

A two-year starter at Shaw High, he played on the varsity for four seasons. He also played AAU basketball. "I played for the Georgia Blazers from 8 to 15 and from 15 to 17 with Georgia Jaguars. It was a big help in my developing my game. I wasn't very good at first, but they kept working with me on my skills and drills."

Denson says he will be heading to Auburn for summer classes beginning on June 28th and notes that he is a "good student." He says, "That is what my family stresses."

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