The Auburn Tigers just landed a commitment from one of the best recruits available in four-star JT Thor. Prior to his commitment, the talented forward was one of just eight uncommitted top-100 players left in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Thor was long considered a lock to follow top recruit Cade Cunningham to Oklahoma State, but Bruce Pearl was able to make a late push and secure a pledge from the talented forward after he added them to his list of four March.
Thor was once a top-15 recruit in the 2021 class but opted to reclassify into 2020 back in August of last year. While he is listed as a power forward by most services, he projects more as a wing at the NBA level as someone who can move on the perimeter and makes shots from downtown. In Pearl’s perimeter-oriented system, however, he will likely assume the role of a stretch four. While he may not assume a major role immediately, expect him to be able thrive off of active defense and efficient offense, much like Chuma Okeke and Isaac Okoro before him.
— Jokhow Bandz (@thorrjt) April 12, 2020
Thor’s commitment gives the Tigers the eighth-ranked recruiting class in the country, jumping programs such as NC State and Gonzaga – and they may not be done yet. Auburn is also the favorite to land top-three recruit Jalen Green, who will make his decision on April 17th, and they are also still in the running for five-star big man Greg Brown III, who decides on the 25th. After a tumultuous finish to his tenure at Tennessee, Bruce Pearl has turned Auburn into a perennial contender in the SEC. With the addition of Thor, and perhaps others to follow suit, don’t expect that to change any time soon.