Stop me if you've heard this one. The Auburn Tigers are well on their way to a Top 10 recruiting class. Hold on, though, we're not talking about football. We're talking about basketball.
Auburn's 2015 basketball recruiting class was projected in the Top 10 by 247Sports' Composite rankings. It is the #2 class in the SEC. Today that went a long way from projection to reality as three players have already signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent to Auburn University.
The first to send in his NLI was New Williams, a 4* Guard from Santa Monica, California. You can read the write up we did on him when he committed after his visit the weekend of the Arkansas football game, here.
Following Williams is small forward Danjel Purifoy from Centreville, Alabama. Purifoy is playing his senior season of high school ball at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. You can read his commitment article from back on August 22nd, here. Purifoy actually committed to the Tigers before he ever met Coach Pearl, since he committed when Coach Pearl was still under the NCAA show-cause penalty.
These two were followed by JUCO shooting guard T.J Dunans from Columbia State Community College in South Carolina. According to JUCO Report, Dunans was the top-rated JUCO basketball player in the nation. You can read his commitment article, here.
UPDATED: Dunans' signing is now official. Welcome to the Family!
UPDATED AGAIN: 3* Guard Bryce Brown from Decatur, GA has signed and faxed in his LOI to the Tigers. Brown was a bit of a last second addition during the early signing period, but the Tigers were impressed with his performance at a camp over the summer.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Welcome to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AuburnFamily?src=hash">#AuburnFamily</a> Bryce Brown! <a href="http://t.co/EL9EYMPDdg">http://t.co/EL9EYMPDdg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/_Bwb11">@_Bwb11</a> <a href="http://t.co/gE5aZqXTnr">pic.twitter.com/gE5aZqXTnr</a></p>— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/AuburnMBB/status/533399132988538881">November 14, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The only commitment who has not yet faxed his NLI to the Tigers is 4* power forward Horace Spencer, who visited and committed to the Tigers the night Bruce Pearl's show-cause ended. Spencer has indicated that he plans on waiting until the May signing period to officially sign with the Tigers, but that he remains committed and does still intend on signing with Auburn.
Since the night Bruce Pearl's show-cause expired Auburn's basketball program has been on a roll. They also received a commitment from 7'1" Center Trayvon Reed. Reed should hopefully be eligible to enroll and play immediately in the winter/spring semester.
Auburn basketball is definitely on a roll. 247Sports has even hinted there may be another signee coming that I'm not aware of whom it would be. There is a lot to be excited about this season, and the future looks even brighter. Hopefully we'll be able to have a lot of great basketball coverage for you to check out throughout the season and a lot of great basketball to report on.