Lebo's Tigers Pick Up Early Verbal Commitment

A talented guard prospect has picked the Tigers over an ACC program.

Forth Worth, Tex.--Auburn picked up its first verbal commitment for the 2006-2007 basketball season from a 6-4, 180 pound combo guard from North Crowley High School.

Kelvin Lewis, an All-State performer as a junior, will sign with the Tigers in November. That is the word from his father, Kevin Lewis, who notes that Kelvin narrowed his choices to Auburn and the University of Virginia. He took official visits to both colleges in September.

As a junior, Lewis averaged 17.3 points and four assists per game as he led North Crowley High to a 17-3 record.

"Kelvin has made his decision and he is going to play for Auburn," says his father. "He likes the coaching staff and he feels comfortable there."

The guard's mother, Deronica, says that her son decided that he wanted to travel away from home for college. She notes that his grandparents live in Montgomery so Kelvin will have family members not far from the Auburn campus.

"He's a wonderful kid who is an honor student," says Mrs. Lewis. "He picked Auburn because he really gets along well with the coaching staff there. He plans to major in education."

Lewis is known for being a strong leader on and off the court and was a key member in last season's North Crowley High team that posted a 31-3 record. He is one of the primary targets for Coach Jeff Lebo's second recruiting class.

Dave Telep, National Recruiting Director for Scout.com, watched Kelvin Lewis play at the adidas Super Star Camp last July. "I think this is a kid who has the athletic ability to play at a high-major program," Telep says.

"When I saw him, his comfort zone was behind the arc and he's one of those guys who is capable of going on big runs from the outside. He is probably best described as a rhythm shooter with solid range."

Lebo and his staff are not expected to sign more than two players for the next signee class after bringing in seven new players this season plus adding a mid-term transfer, forward Emmanuel Willis last January. He will be eligible to play for the Tigers in December.

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