Barbee's Tigers Add 7-Footer For 2013 Class

Ronald Delph

Auburn has picked up a commitment from a post-graduate school big man for the 2013 signee class.

Bradenton, Fla.--Auburn has picked up its second verbal commitment for the 2013 men's basketball signee class from seven-foot center Ronald Delph.

Originally from Winter Haven, Fla., where he played at Lake Region High, Delph is competing for the postgraduate team at IMG Academy this season, the same school where current Auburn freshman guard Brian  Greene, Jr., played last season.

Delph, who said he has offers from Texas A&M, Miami and Cincinnati in addition to the Tigers, noted that he is finished with recruiting and will sign with the Tigers in the early period on Wednesday.

The center said he had a great official visit to Auburn and made the decision to choose the Tigers during his weekend on the Plains.

"I hung out with the players and really like those guys," he said. "I ate with the coaches and I like them, too.

"I went to the basketball game, toured the facilities and went to the football game on Saturday night," Delph said. "They are actually building a new dorm where I will be able to stay and they are going to be really nice. They are going to have queen-sized beds, which is big to me."

Already big at seven-feet tall, the 19-year-old said he believes that he is still growing and that he hopes to play at around 7-1 to 7-2 in the 250-pound range at Auburn.

"I like the basketball environment I saw at the game on Friday night," he said. "The students were all hyped and everything so that was fun."

Commenting on the Auburn program, he said, "It is a good team and they are coming up in the SEC. They have some good young players like Shaquille Johnson and Jordan Price. I am looking forward to playing with those guys."

Delph noted that with the Tigers' starting center Rob Chubb being a senior this season, the opportunity is there for him to contribute as a freshman. "If I come in and work hard I can take a starting spot," he said.

The big man said there are other reasons he picked Auburn. He noted that he wants to major in engineering and AU programs in that area are outstanding.

Delph said that he was a three-year starter at Lake Region High in Lake Worth, Fla. He noted that he averaged 10 points and 10, but pointed out his senior season wasn't what he hoped it would. "I decided to do a post-grad year at IMG to get bigger and develop my game more," he said. "Everything is working out well there. I weigh 230 now. Before I went to IMG I weighed 215."

In his first game at IMG, with Auburn scouting the contest, Delph scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds while hitting a clutch shot at the end of the game.

He said that he is motivated to develop as an all-around player at the prep school. "I want to prove all of the people who doubted me wrong," he said.

Delph noted that the chance to play major college basketball for the Tigers is a big deal to him. "It means a lot. I want to make parents, my grandma and everybody proud."

Commenting on his style of play, the center who played AAU basketball for Florida Elite, said, "I like to post up and I can shoot real good. I can shoot the three. I do a lot of pick and pop, and pick and roll stuff."

On his visit Delph talked with Greene, who is the backup point guard for the Tigers. "I never knew him, but my coach talked a lot about him," Delph said. I got a chance to meet him. He is a good guy."

Auburn's other commitment is from point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen.

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