Auburn basketball: Tigers offer elite 2022 prospect

Bruce Pearl and Auburn are already looking ahead to the 2022 recruiting class by offering one of the best players in the class.

Auburn’s tendency to recruit in the state of Texas isn’t limited to football. According to NCAA scout Brandon Jenkins, Bruce Pearl and the Tigers have begun to pursue one of the state’s top basketball talents.

Cason Wallace, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Richardson high school in Richardson, Texas has apparently picked up an offer from Auburn. According to Rivals.com, Wallace is a top-100 player in the class of 2022 and ESPN has him as the eighth-best player in the state of Texas and the 15th ranked shooting guard in the class.

Despite just finishing his sophomore season, Wallace has already picked up scholarship offers from elite programs such as Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Kansas State among others. Per his Rivals profile, Auburn would be the first team in the Southeast to offer him outside the Texas area. His profile shows that Wallace has only taken one visit thus far and that was to Lubbock in January.

Last season, Wallace helped Richardson high school earn a 34-4 overall record as one of the best teams in the state.

Although it’ll likely be a while until Wallace is ready to make his decision, the talented guard would be Auburn’s first commit of the 2022 class. The Tigers have also yet to receive a commitment from any 2021 recruit.

Considering Pearl reeled in the 9th-ranked recruiting class in the nation this year headlined by five-star guard Sharife Cooper, it shouldn’t be long until Auburn begins to pick up steam on the recruiting trail.

Point guard J’Von McCormick was the last player the Tigers got out of the state of Texas. McCormick was originally from New Orleans but signed with Auburn in 2018 out of Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

To find the last Texan to sign with Auburn out of high school, you have to go all the way back to 2006 when the Tigers signed four-star guards Kelvin Lewis and Dewayne Reed out of Fort Worth and Houston, Texas respectively.

As far as 2022 recruiting, Pearl and co. are swinging for the fences and have already offered several elite prospects such as five-star guards Jaden Bradley, Scoot Henderson, Dariq Whitehead, and Skyy Clark, as well as five-star forwards Jarace Walker, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and  Sadraque Nganga.