It's Off to the Movies For Lebo's Tigers

Comments from Auburn's men's basketball team are featured along with an update on the early signing period for the men's and women's teams.

Auburn, Ala.--With less than a week until Auburn's exhibition game, Jeff Lebo says his youthful men's basketball team still has a lot to learn to get ready for the 2005-2006 season.

The Tigers will take on the University of West Alabama in their lone exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Monday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The regular season starts on Nov. 20th as David Lipscomb visits Auburn.

On Sunday, the Tigers had a closed scrimmage at the coliseum with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Lebo says that session was pretty, but it was pretty productive.

"Our scrimmage against Chattanooga was good for us," he says. "We made a ton of mistakes as you can imagine with a young team in your first, half dress rehearsal. We did some good things, but we didn't shoot particularly well in the scrimmage. We turned the ball over too much as a young freshman team does.

"Watching the film (of the scrimmage) with the guys, we are making a ton of mistakes right now," Lebo says. "We have spent some time breaking down that scrimmage and spent a lot of time with them in the film room showing them where they made mistakes, why they made mistakes and talking them through it."

In Monday's exhibition game vs. West Alabama and throughout the season, the Tigers will be relying on new players to carry much of the load. Freshman forwards Josh Dollard, Joey Cameron, Rasheem Barrett and Korvotney Barber are battling for playing time.

The Tigers will also be starting a new point guard--either freshman Quantez Robertson or junior college transfer Mike Woodard.

Yet another newcomer will join the competition for playing time at the end of fall semester, 6-8 forward Emanuel Willis, a sophomore transfer from Southern Cal, who Lebo says is not much more experienced than the freshmen.

"We are going to have to show them a lot of film," Lebo says. "I have got a team, really, that we don't have veterans in front of them that can get in there and show them. That slows us down a little. We are going to have to spend a little more time in that film room."

Tiger Ticket Extra: The early signing week starts on Wednesday and runs through next Tuesday. The Tigers are not expected to sign anybody other than the two verbal commitments, 6-6 forward Lucas Hargrove from Northeast Richland High in Columbia, S.C., and 6-4 guard Kelvin Lewis from North Crowley High in Forth Worth, Tex...The women's basketball team is expected to add a trio of highly regarded high school seniors. That group includes 6-0 forward Jordan Greenleaf from Morrow, Ga., High, 6-2 Milaika "Mimi" Pickard from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., and 6-0 guard/forward Reneisha "Ree-Ree" Hobbs from Johnson High in Huntsville.

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