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Class of 2024 point guard Tahaad Pettiford raves about Auburn visit, working on others
By MATT WHITFIELD & ADAM ZAGORIACOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tahaad Pettiford, the 6-foot Class of 2024 point guard from Hudson (N.J.) Catholic, continues to speak highly of Auburn after his official visit there last month.
“I really liked Auburn in general, the coaching staff, the players, the people around them, the whole school,” he said at the USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp. “But they pretty much told me, ‘You come here, they’re going to take care of me and my family, make sure I’m straight, and try to build my game to another level to help me get to where I want to be.'”
He added: “They’re up there, I really like Auburn a lot.”
Travis Pettiford, Tahaad’s father, previously told ZAGSBLOG of the visit:
“BP [Bruce Pearl] loves Tahaad and the way he plays and thinks he is a great fit.”
Pettiford visited Auburn along with five-star McEachern (Ga.) small forward Ace Bailey and four-star big man Peyton Marshall of Kell (Ga.)
Going forward, he would like to take some other visits, and mentioned his ongoing relationship with UCLA assistant Darren Savino, a fellow Jersey native.
“I love them a lot,” he said. “Really great group of staff and players. I spoke to coach Savino recently, he’s always checking up on me. Looking forward to getting out there soon, we don’t know yet.
Pettiford also mentioned potential visits to Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss and Maryland.
“I’m trying to figure out some more visits,” he said. “I have a few.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.