Yohan Traore among SEC’s top freshmen

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Auburn basketball and head coach Bruce Pearl signed three players in their 2022 signing class, and one of those signees is set to make an immediate impact on the Plains.

Auburn’s Yohan Traore was the nation’s No. 26 prospect for the 2022 cycle, and the best player from the state of Arizona, signing with Auburn from Dream City Christian School in Glendale.

The 6-10 forward has high potential and has caught the attention of On3, where they have listed Traore as a top freshman in one of college basketball’s top conferences.

Jamie Shaw of On3 recently ranked the top newcomers in the SEC, listing Traore at No. 6. Shaw believes that Traore will slide right into the holes left by Walker Kessler and Jabari Smith following their departure to the NBA.

While On3 had Yohan Traore as a five-star, the industry-standard On3 Consensus had him as a four-star. There will be ample playing available for Traore, with Auburn’s starting front-court tandem Walker Kessler and Jabari Smith getting drafted in the first round.

Traore is a mobile big who is athletic both vertically and laterally. The French native has touch and hands on the offensive end with nice upside. He is still raw, and everyone in the SEC has someone big and athletic, but Traore’s talent is evident, and his path to playing time is clear.

He was given his first chance to prove his worth early on in his Auburn career during the program’s overseas venture to Israel, where he did just that. In three games, Traore averaged 16 points per contest, scoring 20 points in two of those games.

Another Auburn freshman, Chance Westry, received honorable mention honors on the list. Westry was the No. 7 guard for the 2022 cycle according to On3.

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire