Auburn players have been going through individual workouts earlier this semester. The first full squad basketball drills begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a three-on-three tournament for students that will start at the end of practice sometime around 9 p.m.
Auburn's third-year head coach has brought in three guards, one swingman and a post player to bolster Auburn's roster.
Newcomers include 6-6, 185 guard/forward Lucas Hargrove from Northeast Richland High Columbia, S.C., 6-9, 210 Matt Heramb from Chapel High High in Douglasville, Ga., 6-4, 175 guard Kelvin Lewis from North Crowley High in Fort Worth, Tex., 6-4, 202 guard Archie Miaway from Norcross, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla., Community College plus 6-1, 175 guard DeWayne Reed from Wheatley High in Houston, Tex.
"In the backcourt, we have quickness in DeWayne Reed," Lebo says. "He has great quickness and great speed with the ball. He is tough. He can shoot the ball and get by people.
"Kelvin Lewis is an excellent passer and has excellent ball skills," Lebo says. "He can score and can play the one and the two so you have some interchangeable guards. Both are going to be able to defend a little bit for us. Probably not a lot early, but they will improve defensively as the year goes on.
"Archie Miaway, who is a backcourt player, is probably our best shooter off preseason workouts with our team," Lebo says of the transfer who will be a junior. "He is the one who has really struggled getting into shape because he wasn't here this summer so it has put him behind a little bit there. He is starting to get into some sort of shape. He is probably our best outside stand-still shooter with range.
Lucas Hargrove could play several positions for the Tigers this season.
"Lucas Hargrove is a utility player," Lebo says. "He can play any position from probably the one to the four. He knows how to play. He is long and can run. He is a good defensive player. He came from a pretty good system there at Richland Northeast, who had a good coach (Jason Powell).
"Matt Heramb is a guy who has great skills for a 6-foot-10 guy," Lebo notes. "He can shoot it. He has good hands. He just has to learn the physical part of the game."
Lebo says that he expects all five newcomers to see action this season and all could see early action with two returnees, forwards Quan Prowell and Josh Dollard, suspended from game action to the start the season. Dollard is expected back in action in November, nine games into the season. Prowell is expected to see game playing time before Christmas.
"I think we really helped ourselves with skilled basketball players with our recruiting class," Lebo says.
The Tigers will open the regular season on Nov. 10 at home vs. Troy University.