Rasheem Barrett Picks SEC School

Rasheem Barrett wasn't a big-time name on the national circuit, but he's headed to the SEC - even though the coaching staff has yet to see him play in person.

The Auburn staff never even had a chance to see Rasheem Barrett in person, but that didn't stop them from offering a scholarship.

The strong, 6-4, 210-pound rising senior wing at Stone Mountain Marist (Ga.) didn't waste much time after fielding the offer, committing to the Tigers and new coach Jeff Lebo.

``He liked Auburn and wants to major in business," said Barrett's father, Steve. "His sister is a student there also and it's just a good situation for him."

Lebo and the staff watched Barrett on tape, but due to the fact that he hasn't played since Boo Williams because of an ankle injury, they were unable to see him play in person. The combination of watching him on film and the endorsement of Georgia Stars head coach Norman Parker was enough.

``I told Coach Lebo that he's getting a steal," Parker said. "I compare him to B.J. Elder. He's that type of player – who has good size, is athletic, can defend and is one of the best mid-range shooters I've seen."

``He's going to make an immediate impact for Auburn," added Parker. "He'll probably start for them."

Barrett averaged 23 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4 assists last season and also received interest from Georgia Tech, Marquette, Florida State and N.C. State.


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