AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women's basketball has signed its highest-ranked recruiting class in the Terri Williams-Flournoy era as four top prospects signed National Letters of Intent this week.
ESPN HoopGurlz ranks the Tigers' incoming class for 2018-19 as the 12th-best in the country. Two top-50 recruits join two other highly sought-after prospects in the best class of the Coach Flo era.
The Tigers will welcome No. 17 overall recruit Robyn Benton (5-9, G, Conyers, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), No. 41 overall prospect Brooke Moore (5-7, G, McDonough, Ga./Henry County HS), Erin Howard (6-1, G/F, Madison, Wis./Madison East) and Natalie Kelly (6-3, F, Albany, La./Albany HS).
“To say that we are excited about this signing class would be an understatement," Williams-Flournoy said. "To be able to sign a nationally ranked recruiting class that addresses specific needs while coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths is a testament to our commitment and dedication to continue to build our program into one that is consistently 'excellent' on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."
Information on the four Auburn signees is below:
|Robyn Benton||G||5-9||Greater Atlanta Christian||Conyers, Ga.|
|Erin Howard||F/G||6-1||Madison East||Madison, Wis.|
|Natalie Kelly||F||6-3||Albany||Albany, La.|
|Brooke Moore||G||5-7||Henry County||McDonough, Ga.|
Hometown: Conyers, Ga.
High School: Greater Atlanta Christian School
Club Team: Nike Girls Team Elite Hubbard EYBL
Highlights: A five-star prospect, ranked as the No. 17 overall prospect nationally and the No. 6 guard by ESPN HoopGurlz ... Rated No. 40 overall nationally by Prospects Nation ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution first-team all state as a junior ... GHSA Class AAA Player of the Year as a junior ... Helped club team to Nike National Girls Championship in 2016 and Nike National Girls EYBL Platinum Championship in 2017 ... Brother is Inky Johnson, who played football for Tennessee.
Why did you choose Auburn? "I chose Auburn because it felt like home. I connected with Auburn's coaching staff the most during my recruiting experience. When I took my visit at Auburn it was such a great family atmosphere. I felt like I could trust them, and they made me feel like they had my best interest at heart. When I stepped on Auburn's campus, I knew it was the place for me!
Coach Flo on Robyn: "Robyn is the prototypical guard for our system. She has a complete offensive game and will thrive in our pressure-oriented defensive system. We are thrilled to add one of the best, most complete guards in the nation to our Auburn Women's Basketball family."
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
High School: Madison East
Club Team: Wisconsin Flight Elite
Highlights: Ranked as the No. 21 forward nationally by ESPN HoopGurlz ... Prospects Nation rates her as the No. 142 overall recruit nationally ... First-team all-state as a junior ... All-conference selection each of her first three years of high school ... Averaged 15.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 11.9 assists as a junior ... Her father played basketball at Wisconsin.
Why did you choose Auburn?: “Auburn was the best fit for me not just because of basketball but also academically. Many times when going through the recruiting process my parents always reminded me that there is life after basketball and one day it’ll come to an end. WIth that in the back of my mind I knew Auburn would provide me the academics and academic support I need to be successful in life, after basketball comes to an end."
Coach Flo on Erin: “Erin is an versatile, extremely skilled 'stretch 4' that gives us a combination of inside-outside scoring that we covet at that position. Her ability to handle the ball, distribute, shoot the '3' and rebound will help us immensely as we continue to improve our program."
Hometown: Albany, La.
High School: Albany HS
Highlights: Three-star prospect and the No. 38 post player in the 2018 class, according to ESPN HoopGurlz ... All-state, all-district, all-paris and all-metro selection as a junior; named district defensive MVP ... Helped team to state runner-up finish as a junior ... Set school record for single-season rebounds with 379.
Why did you choose Auburn?: “I chose Auburn because it was a heart decision. I fell in love with the beautiful campus and great people. The atmosphere was like no other, the pride people had to be an Auburn Tiger. The opportunity to play for Coach Flo was something I couldn't pass up."
Coach Flo on Natalie: “Natalie is a long, lanky athlete who has the potential to anchor our press defensively, while possessing the ability to consistently hit the midrange jump shot. Her upside has no ceiling."
Hometown: McDonough, Ga.
High School: Henry County HS
Club Team: FBC MO 2017/FBC United Hunt
Highlights: Rated a five-star prospect, the No. 42 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 11 guard by ESPN HoopGurlz ... ESPN calls her an "explosive point guard with a wide-ranging offensive skill set" ... Two-time Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year ... Henry County Athlete of the Year ... Named MVP of the BallN Across Borders USA vs. Canada event ... All-time leading scorer at Henry County High School ...
Why did you choose Auburn?: “My relationship with the coaching staff was the most important factor. I believed in Coach Flo and the coaching staff. They will better my game and push and prepare me for the next level. I also loved the campus and atmosphere at Auburn, and I felt it was the perfect fit for my next four years."
Coach Flo on Brooke: “Brooke is an exciting scoring guard with unlimited range. Her ability to create her own shot while applying pressure on the defensive end is sure to excite our fans for the next four years. Once again, we are excited to add one of the best scoring guards in the nation to our Auburn Women's Basketball family."