Hoops Prospect High On Tigers After Visit

Class of 2014 basketball prospect Milik Yarbrough talked about his official visit to Auburn.

Zion, Ill.--Taking his first official visit over the weekend to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers, class of 2014 basketball prospect Milik Yarbrough said he was impressed with the trip and that the Tigers are under serious consideration.

With two of Auburn's three available scholarship slots already filled with verbal commitments from Australian Jack Purchase and Sam Logwood from Indiana, the Tigers look to be well on their way to wrapping up next year's signee class. Yarbrough said it is certainly a possibility he could be in that group.

"I love the school and it is a good place to be," the Scout.com three-star prospect said of Auburn. "I am going to go on more of my other visits to check them out, but I don't think it is going to get better than the Auburn visit."

Yarbrough, who noted that he is up to six-foot-six, 220 pounds, is being recruited by the Tigers as a two guard. His next official visit will be in October to check out the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He also plans to visit Iowa, Tulsa and DePaul, noting that his current top three features Auburn, Minnesota and Iowa. All are recruiting him as a guard, the prospect pointed out.

Living in Big 10 territory, does Yarbrough have a geographic preference for colleges in that conference? "It's all about what is going to be best for me," he said, noting that the basketball is strong in both leagues. Fitting in with the players, the coaches and the style of play are key determining factors, he said.

Commenting on what he likes about Auburn, Yarbrough said, "He (Barbee) wants me to come in and be a playmaker and score like 15 (points per game).

"He wants me to be a playmaker and make everybody else better on the floor. He wants me to make everyone else comfortable. That is what I have been doing all of my life. It is going to be pretty easy for me to do."

Yarbrough is shown in action earlier this year with his AAU team.

The prospect said he likes the players and coaches at Auburn as well as the campus atmosphere. "I fit in well," he said.

A standout performer as a high school player since his ninth grade year, as a junior he said he averaged 23 points, eight assists and eight rebounds at Zion-Benton Township High. Last season was his first as a guard. "I actually played the three (small forward) my first two years and then he (his coach) decided he needed bigger guards," Yarbrough said.

"I am long enough and athletic enough to guard a smaller two guard because of my length and my lateral movement," Yarbrough added. "He moved me down and I got in the gym and started working on my handle and making the game easier for myself by being aggressive and getting to the hole.'

In addition to working on his basketball skills, the prospect has been training to get bigger and stronger. "I have put on a lot of muscle weight," he said. "I have been in the weight room a lot lately."


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