Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Auburn to sign four in men's basketball

AUBURN – Although Auburn has yet to issue an official announcement, the Tigers plan to sign four men’s basketball players this week during the early signing period.

Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound center from Anderson, Ind., Jordon Granger, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Florissant, Mo., Shaquille Johnson, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Alpharetta, Ga. And Jordan Price, a 6-5 guard from Lithonia, Ga., have apparently all signed national letters of intent to play for Auburn.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

Dixon-Tatum is attending Chattahoochee Tech in Georgia this year after averaging 4.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and a conference-leading 2.2 blocks per game as a redshirt freshman at Div. II Grand Valley State in Michigan last year.

His 59 blocks were the fourth highest in school history, and he shot 57.1 percent from the field.

Dixon-Tatum chose Auburn over Memphis, Ole Miss, UAB and Evansville.

Granger led McClure North High School to the Missouri Class 5 State Championship last year while averaging 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.

Granger chose Auburn over Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Saint Louis U. and Detroit.

Johnson, who is ranked as the 92nd best prospect in the nation by, averaged 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a junior at Milton High School last year for coach David Boyd.

Johnson won the Under Armour Dunk Contest at Venice Beach, Calif., this past August that was televised by ESPN.

He selected Auburn over Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Miami (Fla.).

Price, rated a four-star recruit by and, was also rated the 14th-best shooting guard in the nation by

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