Five-star high school forward Yohan Traore is heading to Auburn.

Auburn announced Friday the signing of the former verbal commitment from LSU, giving the Tigers a potential successor to NBA star Jabari Smith.

The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Traore is ranked the 15th national rookie by 247Sports.

Hailing from Tours, France, he played last season for Dream City Christian School in Glendale, Arizona.

“I have great respect for players like Yohan, who come to the United States to pursue their academic and athletic dreams away from their families,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “Talk about a cultural fit to our program. Yohan is humble and hungry.

“He’s incredibly disciplined, a hard worker and wants to be coached. He has a massive advantage because of his effort, attitude, size and skill level.

Traore joins a recruiting class that includes guards Tre Donaldson and Chance Westry. He is the fourth five-star prospect to sign with Pearl at Auburn, joining Smith, Mustapha Heron and Sharife Cooper.


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