AUBURN, Ala. — Two days after his late-night commitment to Auburn basketball, Malik Dunbar is officially a member of Bruce Pearl’s Tigers.
Auburn basketball announced Monday afternoon that Dunbar, a 6-foot-6 wing from the College of Central Florida, signed his letter of intent to play for the program.
“One of our biggest weaknesses last season was defense, rebounding and physical play,” Pearl said in a statement. “Malik brings a toughness and a winning attitude to Auburn.”
Dunbar will have two remaining years of eligibility at Auburn. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 steals as a sophomore for the College of Central Florida. He shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and 30 percent on 3-point attempts.
Dunbar, who is originally from North Augusta, S.C., will join a 2017 recruiting class that includes 4-star point guard Davion Mitchell and 4-star forward Chuma Okeke. Forward Desean Murray will also be a new addition to the eligible roster after sitting out a season following his transfer from Presbyterian.
“(Dunbar) didn’t spend years out on the AAU circuit as a younger player and developed into a dominant player under Tim Ryan at Central Florida,” Pearl said. “Malik comes from a large family where there is a lot of love, and I think the opportunity of a program that stresses family was really desirable to him.”
The JUCO transfer projects most likely as a small forward for the Tigers in the 2017-18 season. Auburn lost small forward T.J. Dunans to graduation this offseason, along with the transfer of 6-foot-8 wing TJ Lang.