To say it’s been a big weekend for the Auburn Tigers would be putting it mildly. The Tigers haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2003, but presumably new head coach Bruce Pearl has designs on getting back there quicker than most anyone could expect.
In a weekend’s time, Pearl came off of his show cause penalty, and promptly landed two top-50 caliber recruits. Wing forward Danjel Purifoy picked the Tigers on Friday, and power forward Horace Spencer followed up with a pledge to Auburn on Saturday.
Spencer is a native of Pennsylvania, who is currently at Findlay Prep (NV). A good performance in various events this summer has boosted Spencer up to being a consensus top-50 player nationally. He reportedly met with Pearl just after midnight’s end to Pearl’s penalty.
A muscular and physical interior player, Spencer is perhaps the best 6′-8″ rebounder in the country in the 2015 class. He’s very active and athletic, with plenty of upside.
Spencer has the potential to start in the post as a freshman. His physical gifts along with continued offensive development should allow him to come into his own in the paint. ONe shouldn’t expect Spencer to score more than what he can on putbacks or transition baskets, but that can come in time. Additionally, Findlay Prep will play a very competitive schedule, making Spencer more seasoned than the average incoming freshman.