Auburn Basketball Recruiting: 2021 Priorities

Auburn basketball has targeted some of the best players in the country as potential additions to its 2021 class. While adding those players is difficult, the talent Auburn could return for the 2021-22 season will give Auburn coaches a chance to devote more attention to the highly ranked, high priority prospects in 2021.

Jonathan Kuminga is one of the most well known 2021 Auburn targets. Kuminga is considered a likely reclassification candidate and seems to have the skill set and frame necessary to play in college or the G League this coming season. 

Find out more about Kuminga and Auburn’s connections to him here. 

Jabari Smith Jr., 6’10” Point/Power Forward
Five-star, No.5

After visiting Auburn in February, Smith said the Auburn program “is headed to be one of the powerhouses and they get a lot of guys from Georgia … It just felt like it was exploding whenever I was there.”

Smith seems like a perfect fit for what Bruce Pearl likes in a big man. Smith has a quick quick trigger and is confident shooting from three. 

In addition to scoring, Smith can handle and pass the ball well for his size and is a good rim protector. With added size and strength, Smith could live up to his top five ranking. 

JD Davison, 6’3″ Point Guard
Five-star, No.19

Davison is one of the biggest in-state targets Auburn has pursued in recent years. He is a high flying point guard who has blown up thanks to his dunks and highlights.

Auburn has hosted Davison for multiple visits, with the last visit coming in February of 2020. 

Corey Evans of Rivals recently reported that he would choose Alabama to land Davison if his recruitment process ended now.

With Auburn having Tyrell Jones and Sharife Cooper on board, and already recruiting one of the programs seemingly highest priority targets of the next two years in 2022 point guard Scoot Henderson, it doesn’t seem like signing a top tier point guard in 2021 has to be a priority for Auburn.

Matthew Cleveland, 6’6″ Shooting Guard
Four/Five-star, No.27

Cleveland is another target playing in the Atlanta area with an Auburn offer. Cleveland was seen as an FSU lean early on and still could be, but he has turned into a national recruit in recent months.

Since the beginning of May, Cleveland has met with coaches from Michigan, Kansas and NC State. Cleveland visited Auburn for a football game and a basketball game last season. 

Cleveland is a lengthy combo guard who can score from anywhere on the court.

Trey Patterson, 6’8″ Point Forward/Wing
Four-star, No.35

Not much has been reported on Auburn’s involvement with Patterson aside from Patterson taking a visit to Auburn in February. 

Since then, Patterson told Pat Lawless that Auburn was one of the eight schools recruiting him hardest and also included Auburn in his Top 10. Patterson seems like an explosive point forward prospect for Auburn.

Frankie Collins, 6’1″ Point Guard
Four-star, No.64

Collins is a point guard with some off ball skills hailing from Arizona. 

Auburn sent members of the coaching staff to Arizona twice in December to watch Collins play, and one of those times it was Pearl who made the trip. 

Despite Collins not visiting Auburn yet, he announced at the beginning of May that he would not be reclassifying and talked about eight schools pursuing him with Jake Weingarten. One of those eight schools was Auburn. 

Chance Moore, 6’5″ Shooting Guard
Four-star, No.68

Moore might not have been a huge Auburn target six months ago, but it’s hard to leave any top 100 prospect off of Auburn’s board once they transfer to McEachern High School, where Sharife Cooper, Dylan Cardwell, Isaac Okoro and Babatunde Akingbola all spent at least one year in high school.

Moore is a lengthy sharp shooter with a frame that will let him add muscle and strength at the next level. Moore has visited Auburn at least once since transferring to McEachern.

James White, 6’5” Shooting Guard 

White is currently unranked, but that is likely to chance in the coming months as Dan McDonald with Rivals said White would be up for ranking consideration during their next update

White blew up on a local level during his junior season, averaging 25 points per game for Heritage in Conyers, Georgia and having a dominant playoff run. White visited Auburn on Senior Night alongside JT Thor and can be seen playing pickup with Thor in his highlights. 

Highlights for each prospect can be found in this thread:

This list is subject to change/will be updated as Auburn has offered other targets and will likely offer more.

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