Auburn Basketball: He’s not the next Okoro, but Trey Alexander commits to Tigers

Auburn basketball got a boon in the form of the #42 prospect in 247 Sports’ rankings, Trey Alexander.

As we usher in a new era here at Fly War Eagle, we anxiously anticipate the beginning of the Auburn basketball schedule–set to tip-off later this month. What an 11/26 matchup against the St. Joseph’s Hawks will look like is anyone’s guess, but hope springs eternal for Bruce Pearl’s squad.

Sharife Cooper (the #24 recruit in the class by 247 Sports) is expected to be the leader for the Tigers in the 2020-21 season in what should be an uphill battle in a loaded SEC.

If he forgoes the opportunity to go pro following what should be a very strange freshman year, we now know who will be one of his top running mates, per Mark Murphy of 247 Sports:

The Auburn basketball team has picked up a commitment from a second highly-regarded prospect for the 2021 recruiting class. On Thursday, 6-5, 185 Trey Alexander announced that he will play for Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers.

As a junior the guard averaged 26.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.8 steals while leading Heritage Hall High School to a 20-5 record in a season that was not completed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Alexander is ranked as the No. 81 prospect in the class by 247Sports as well as the No. 18 shooting guard prospect and the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Oklahoma. In the 247Sports composite ranking the Heritage Hall standout is rated the No. 61 prospect nationally, the No. 11 shooting guard and the No. 1 prospect in Oklahoma.

Alexander doesn’t project to be an NBA first-rounder, and he will have to improve his explosiveness to be considered as a draft pick at all. That said, he will follow in a long line of talented scoring wings who have kept Auburn basketball competitive in one of college basketball’s hottest prospect-producing conferences.

He won’t be the next Isaac Okoro, but Alexander should be able to establish a nice role in Pearl’s offense as an across-the-board contributor.