Steve Leven, a 6-5 guard who is a native of Australia, and 6-9 power forward Terry Licorish, a native of Canada have a month to go in their seasons at Laurinburg Institute.
Playing for the high school team that is 14-1 overall and ranked 17th nationally by USA Today, Leven is averaging 21.5 points per game plus five rebounds and three assists as a shooting guard. He is hitting 87 percent of his free throws, 48 percent from three-point range and 55 percent from the field.
Licorish is playing for the prep school team, which has a 10-5 record. He is averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and is hitting close to 60 percent of his field goals, says Coach Chris Chaney.
"Both are living up to their billing," Chaney says. "Steve had a big game the other night with 36 points and Terry had a couple of big games against the Naval Academy JV and the University of North Carolina JV team. He is shooting very well, but hasn't taken a lot of shots."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Leven and Licorish are roommates at Laurinburg. "That has been a good experience for them getting to know each other," Chaney says. "They are both getting ready for Auburn. The coaches at Auburn, Coach (Cliff) Ellis, Coach (Mike) Wilson and Coach (Charlton Young) have done a very good job of supporting them all of the way. The players are really looking forward to attending Auburn and I think they can really help out Auburn."...Licorish is preparing to take the SAT which he needs to pass to be eligible for AU next season. Leven won't have any problem qualifying. Both players are doing well in school, says Chaney. "They made all A's or B's the first semester here."