Auburn basketball's 2021-22 frontcourt is loaded. But how will all the pieces fit?
The Tigers are returning versatile team MVP in Jaylin Williams and adding the two highest-rated recruits in program history at the 4 and the 5.
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It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that Auburn basketball is primed to have its most talented frontcourt in decades for this upcoming season.
Jabari Smith is the Tigers’ highest-rated signee since modern recruiting rankings became a thing. A consensus top-five prospect in the class of 2021, Smith has immediate one-and-done potential and an offensive game at 6-foot-10 that is unlike anything the Plains has ever seen.
Last month, Bruce Pearl and his staff signed another former No. 1 recruit from its go-to territory in Georgia — former 5-star center Walker Kessler, who was the nation’s No. 22 prospect in the class of 2020. After transferring to Auburn from North Carolina, the skilled big man will be the first 7-footer for the Tigers in quite a while.
And then there’s Jaylin Williams, who is coming off an MVP-type season for Auburn. As a 6-foot-8 sophomore having to log major minutes at center, Williams ranked inside the top 10 in the SEC last season in 2-p…