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Jared Harper off the board to Auburn

By Alec Kinsky, D1 Circuit, 03/14/15, 6:15PM EDT


2016 Sharpshooter commits to Bruce Pearl & the Auburn Tigers

Jared Harper was about as underrated as they come entering the 2014 EYBL season.

Going into the 2015 season, he’ll be comfortably committed to a high-major program.

The 5-foot-10 sharpshooter committed to Auburn earlier today, coming off a superb sophomore EYBL season and equally impressive junior year for Georgia AAAAAA State runner-up Pebblebrook High School. in 2014/15, Harper averaged 21 points and 7 assists per game.

Harper led the EYBL regular season in three-pointers made last season (49) while shooting over 40%. He hit 21 more in five games at the Peach Jam, four more than the next closest player. Simply put, his shooting and floor-game opened eyes – particularly the Auburn coaching staff.

“Auburn was one of the first high-major schools that made me feel comfortable," Harper said. "Coach Pearl showed great interest in me immediately and came to a few games this year. There's a lot to be said of that."

Harper spoke very confidently of his decision, giving many reasons why Bruce Pearl and Auburn were the ones to continue his progress as a student-athlete.

“Auburn is close to home and the atmosphere is great,” Harper said. “I’ve developed a good relationship with Coach Pearl and his staff, and I’m confident in him building his vision of making Auburn a national contender. The SEC is becoming a very strong conference.”

He’s not wrong. 25 EYBL alumni in the 2015 class have committed to the SEC, more than any other division 1 conference. Being able to win is important for Harper – and with his commitment out of the way – that’s where his focus will turn.

“Yeah I’d say so,” Harper stated, when asked if there is a sense of pressure being lifted. “I can just focus on winning games and leading my team to Peach Jam. With the recruitment process being over, I can just work on my game and focus on getting stronger.”