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Auburn adds to elite ’17 class with Chuma Okeke

The Bruce Pearl-era as head coach at Auburn has seen a steady upgrade in talent on the roster, though it hasn’t been without its hits and misses. The Tigers nabbed 6′-8″ power forward Chuma Okeke on Sunday night, giving Auburn a third top-50 prospect in the class, which is currently the most talented in the nation.

It’s certain that other schools will bypass Auburn, but they certainly have the ability to finish as a top-10 overall class nationally, with the brawny Okeke inside, his AAU teammate (on the Georgia Stars) Davion Mitchell at point guard, and USA Basketball U-17 gold medalist Austin Wiley at center.

Okeke reportedly had scholarship offers from other SEC programs, including Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Mississippi State, among other high-major tenders.

Given Auburn’s dearth of interior players, Wiley and Okeke should both see plenty of early minutes when they hit campus. Okeke acquitted himself well against top notch talent in the 2016 Nike EYBL, scoring 15 points per game and grabbing 9 rebounds.

Auburn Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsRonnie Johnson (Sr)Nu Williams (Jr)Nu Williams (Sr)Jared Harper (Sr)
Nu Williams (So)Jared Harper (So)Jared Harper (Jr)Davion Mitchell (Jr)
Jared Harper (Fr)Davion Mitchell (Fr)Davion Mitchell (So)
WingsT.J. Dunans (Sr)T.J. Lang (Sr)Danjel Purifoy (Sr)Mustapha Heron (Sr)
T.J. Lang (Jr)Danjel Purifoy (Jr)DeSean Murray (Sr)
DeSean Murray (Tr)DeSean Murray (Jr)Bryce Brown (Sr)
Danjel Purifoy (So)Bryce Brown (Jr)Mustapha Heron (Jr)
Bryce Brown (So)Mustapha Heron (So)
Mustapha Heron (Fr)
PostsLaRon Smith (Sr)Horace Spencer (Jr)Horace Spencer (Sr)Anfernee McLemore (Sr)
Horace Spencer (So)Anfernee McLemore (So)Anfernee McLemore (Jr)Chuma Okeke (Jr)
Anfernee McLemore (Fr)Chuma Okeke (Fr)Chuma Okeke (So)Austin Wiley (Jr)
Austin Wiley (Fr)Austin Wiley (So)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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