Auburn has just four seniors on its roster this season, and all are guards with K.T. Harrell, Antoine Mason, K.C. Ross-Miller and Malcolm Canada all factoring into the team’s perimeter rotation. With that being the case one of the tasks that head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff were faced with recruiting-wise is addressing those eventual departures.
With guards T.J. Dunans (junior college) and New Williams and small forward Danjel Purifoy having already signed agreements to join the Auburn program next season, a fourth National Letter of Intent was received Friday from three-star shooting guard Bryce Brown.
The interesting thing about Brown’s recruitment is that his signing with Auburn came a couple days after the former Charlotte commit reopened his recruitment.
“Bryce came to our Elite Camp and was extremely impressive,” Pearl said of Brown in the release announcing the signing. “The assistant coaches saw him this past summer and he really wasn’t on anyone’s radar. They came back from a number of different tournaments talking about this young man from Atlanta who was not being recruited at the level they felt he deserved.”
Brown’s perimeter shooting ability was something Pearl discussed in the release, and of the seven three-pointers Auburn made in their season-opening 83-73 win over Milwaukee Friday night four were made by players who won’t be with the program next season (Harrell- 2-for-3, Mason- 1-for-3 and Ross-Miller- 1-for-1).
Of the five players who have committed to Auburn four have signed with the SEC, with Findlay Prep forward Horace Spencer yet to make his commitment official with either a signed NLI or grant-in-aid form.