Big Man Showing Interest In Lebo's Tigers

With the spring signing period for basketball coming in April, the Tigers are in the hunt for another big man.

Douglasville, Ga.--Coach Jeff Lebo is looking for size in his spring signee class and a big man from the state of Georgia is a potential addition to the Auburn basketball team.

That is the word from 6-9 1/2, 210-pound Matt Heramb, a senior at Chapel Hill High School.

"I would say Auburn is probably my favorite," Heramb tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

A three-year starter in high school, he is scheduled to be in Auburn for an official visit on April 6th and 7th. He notes that he took an unofficial visit to check out the campus in November 2004 and watched the Auburn football team defeat Georgia.

He took three official visits in the fall to Colorado, James Madison University and Alabama. He notes he is still considering Colorado and JMU as well as the University of Southern California.

Still growing, Heramb notes that he is up to 6-9 1/2, 210 pounds.

"I would say my outside shooting is a strength for my size," he says. "It enables me to create a lot of mismatches. If the other team puts a bigger person on me, I can take him off the dribble. If they put a smaller man on me, I can post him up.

"I am trying to improve my strength and my rebounding, which is an area I believe I have improved in," he adds.

Heramb says he feels comfortable shooting the ball as far out as three feet beyond the three-point line, but in high school he played the five (center) position. In AAU ball last summer he was impressive playing for the Georgia Hurricanes and opened the eyes of college talent scouts as he was able to showcase an all-around game.

"In AAU we just switched it off," Heramb notes. "We used a motion offense where everybody passed the ball. You had to know how to do everything equally--dribble, pass, cut. We didn't really have set positions, but if you had to put a number on me I would say that I am a four (power forward)."

Matt Heramb

Heramb says he averaged between 14 and 15 points per game as a senior for Chapel High High along with right at seven rebounds and better than four blocked shots and four assists per game.

He isn't the only athlete in the family. His brother, Stephen, is a 6-4 guard who plays for Kennesaw State.

"I am very interested in Auburn," he notes. "The university has everything I want. Auburn plays in a strong conference. They are close to home. I know they didn't do real well this past season, but with the recruiting class they already have in I think they are going to improve a lot."

Heramb, who notes that he is interested in majoring in business or finance, says that he is fine academically as far as qualifying.

Auburn has two early period signees, 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. Auburn has a verbal commitment for the spring signing period that begins April 12th from 6-1 guard Dewayne Reed from Wheatley High in Houston, Tex.

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