Basketball Freshman Adjusting to College

Auburn is brining in a large men's basketball signee class that features four high school seniors and one junior college player. One of the members of Coach Jeff Lebo's signee class discusses making a adjustment from high school to college athlete.

Auburn, Ala.--With the exception of juco signee Archie Miaway, every member of the Auburn men's basketball signee class is on campus this summer.

One of those players, six-foot-six, 190 freshman Lucas Hargrove from Northeast Richland High in Columbia, S.C., says the transition from high school to college is going smoothly.

"Everything is going good," Hargrove says. "Coach Lebo (head coach Jeff Lebo) and all of the trainers are making it a good transition. I like it a lot.

"I am taking a computer class, public speaking and success strategies--three classes," he notes.

Miaway, who signed with the Tigers out of Tallahassee, Fla., Community College in the spring period, is expected to report to AU later this summer.

AU's other signees are taking classes at Auburn this summer. That group includes high school guards Kelvin Lewis from Crowley High in Fort Worth, Tex., and Dewayne Reed from Wheatley High in Houston, Tex., along with forward Matt Heramb from Chapel Hill High in Douglasville, Ga.

Hargrove is expected to be one of the more athletic members of Lebo's third Auburn team. He says that versatility is one of his strong points, noting that he feels comfortable playing both guard positions as well as both forward spots.

The newcomer has set high goals for himself this coming season. "I want to be SEC Freshman of the Year, score in double digits and help the team in any way that I can," he says.

To try to make the 2006-2007 season a success, Hargrove says he is working hard this summer to get into top condition. "Every other day I am in the weight room and I run every day," he says.

Lucas Hargrove played for Northeast Richland High School.

A player with a quick first step, he should be difficult to handle for players who don't have good quickness and good defensive fundamentals.

"I think I can get to the cup on anybody," Hagrove says. "I think I can jump over everybody. I am trying to get better with my three-point shot."

One of the toughest transitions for most freshmen is adjusting to a new setting in college. Hargrove says he believes he will do fine in that area. "Everybody misses home a little bit, but that is something you have to deal with," he says. "You have got to be mature."

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