Last season, the Auburn Tigers signed former-Tennessee bench boss Bruce Pearl to help bring the team back into contention in the SEC. The addition of Pearl helped the Tigers bring in transfers Antoine Mason and Kareem Canty, and there was a ton of optimism around the program.
The team struggled in the regular season, but advanced to the SEC tournament semi-finals before being ousted by Kentucky. Looking ahead to 2015-16, Mason will be graduated, but Marshall-transfer Canty is now eligible to play. Big man Matt Atewe is also transferring out of the program, putting the Tigers down a big man in the front court.
Wednesday may have provided the Tigers and Pearl a nice replacement for the loss of the sophomore Atewe. Findlay Prep star Horace Spencer, the 59th-ranked prospect on ESPN, officially committed to play at Auburn University on Wednesday afternoon.
Spencer is a 6’8”, 212-pound power forward out of Warminster, PA, and will give the Tigers a much-needed boost in the front court. He is known as a true power forward who runs the floor with long strides, much like Dennis Rodman back in the day. He can be an impact player in terms of rebounding on both ends of the floor, and disrupts opponent’s shots with consistency.
If Spencer can improve his overall offensive game, he will be a menace for the Tigers in the SEC in the coming season(s). He has the ability to step out to about 15 feet and hit a jumper with time and space, but needs to improve his jumper if he wants to improve his production.
The addition of Spencer gives Auburn their second recruit ranked in the Top 100 by ESPN, alongside small forward Danjel Purifoy.