AUBURN — With Auburn basketball facing its toughest test yet when the Tigers face Tennessee on Saturday, Bruce Pearl and his staff have secured a big win off the court. Labaron Philon, the star point guard for Baker High School and the No. 1 player in Alabama, has committed to play at Auburn.

“Auburn has been recruiting me since I first started playing basketball at 14 years old," Philon told 247Sports on Thursday. "They were there then and when I started to getting hot and blowing up. They’ve been there with me through the whole process and stayed there along the way.”

At Baker, Philon has been one of the top point guards in the country, averaging 36.3 points per game with the Hornets this season, along with 2.5 steals per game. Behind Philon, the Hornets are ranked No. 2 in the state and poised for a run at the state championship.

Philon is ranked No. 40 in the 2024 class according to 247Sports, and he is already the 11th-highest-rated recruit in Auburn men's basketball history. He chose Auburn over Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas and Ole Miss.

“Coach Flanigan, he was my main recruiter when it first started,” Philon said to 247Sports. “I met Coach Flanigan a while ago and he takes care of everything with me.”

Philon joins five-star point guard Tahaad Pettiford, the No. 22 player in the country, and four-star center Peyton Marshall in the 2024 class. All three players are ranked in the top 100.

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