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April 18, 2011

Ajayi visits Auburn; decision soon

Auburn has signed three basketball prospects so far in its 2011 class and is looking to add at least one more.

One of the possible additions, 6-foot-9, 240-pound Lekan Ajayi, was on campus this weekend for an official visit.

"It went really good," said Ajayi, who could project as a power forward or center. "Auburn is a great place and I really, really liked it."

Ajayi, originally from Nigeria, attends Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. His visit to Auburn was his first.

Ajayi arrived in Auburn Friday and stayed throughout the weekend. Auburn's football team held its annual A-Day game Saturday.

"I went to the football game and that was great," said Ajayi. "I saw the campus, some classrooms, hung out with some of the players and talked to the coaches. I really liked everything. It was all really nice."

Ajayi said he hung out mostly with Auburn rising senior Kenny Gabriel, who recently received the Tigers' most prestigious award, the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy for Leadership.

"We had a great time," said Ajayi. "He is a great guy, but everybody at Auburn is great. The people at Auburn are all really nice. Everything is nice there."

Ajayi met with the Tigers' coaches including head man Tony Barbee and assistants Randall Dickey, Tony Madlock and Milt Wagner.

"I like all of them," Ajayi said. "They are easy to talk to, easy to get along with and I feel like they would take care of me."

Ajayi has scholarship offers from several schools including Auburn, Tennessee, Loyola Marymount, Seton Hall, Miami, Florida State and Missouri, among others.

"But I have it narrowed down to Loyola Marymount, Missouri and Auburn," he said. "And I'm making my decision soon, probably this week."

Ajayi said he would likely make a commitment to one of the three schools Tuesday and sign a letter of intent Wednesday. He doesn't currently list a leader among the trio, but said following a visit to Auburn, the Tigers do stand out.

"I like everything about Auburn," he said. "My visit was great. I like the people there. Everybody cares about you a lot. I think I would have a good chance to go in there and play, help them out."




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