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oakley factory outlet Auburn legend Chuck Person, left, jokes with former Auburn coach Sonny Smith before a press conference announcing Auburn's new basketball coach Bruce Pearl Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/

-- Chuck Person is a veteran in the coaching game, but recruiting is a whole other ball game.

, and is expected to hit the recruiting trail starting Thursday. It's new territory for Person, who coached in the NBA for 14 seasons and was most recently an assistant for a professional team in South Korea.

"I'm not sure how many players will know him, but the mommas and daddies, they'll definitely know him hopefully more of the daddies," Pearl said. "He can go anywhere in the country and recruit. He can certainly help us regionally because he lived it."

Person was a two-time All-American during his four-year career at Auburn, where he led the Tigers to the SEC tournament championship in 1985 and the Elite Eight in 1986. The Brantley native is still the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,311 points.

"Everybody already knows him," said Earl Henderson, who coached Person at Brantley High. "He can get in some places some others probably can't, and they all remember where he played."

Person will focus most of his recruiting efforts inside the state of Alabama, where four players in the 2014 class were among the top 247 players rated by

"We're going to go out and get the players we need to get to turn this thing around," Person said. "When we were good, with Sonny (Smith) coaching, we had players from Alabama: Charles (Barkley), myself, my brother (Wesley Person), Jeff Moore. We were really loaded with the Alabama players who could really play."

Auburn has two scholarships available for the 2014-15 season. The Tigers are targeting frontcourt players to fill the open spots. Forward Jackson Davis of Lexington, Ky., is near the top of Auburn's list. It doesn't appear former Louisville guard Kevin Ware, who Pearl recruited out of high school during his time at Tennessee, is a priority for the Tigers. Ware plans to transfer to a school closer to his family in Atlanta.

Person can hit the road recruiting beginning Thursday at noon during an open recruiting period that will end April 14. Steven Pearl, Bruce's son, will take on a role as assistant strength and conditioning coach after recruiting during his first week on staff.

Pearl said he doesn't plan to limit Person's horizon on the recruiting trail.

"So many of the high school coaches are coaches that watched him grow and know who he is," Pearl said. "He knows many of them personally. So, yes, they'll be some regional flavor to why he does recruiting, but I think Chuck can go into any home with any prospect in the country."

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