However, one of his five new scholarship players will not be available for action. Kelvin Lewis, a 6-4 guard from Fort Worth, Tex., has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot and is expected to be sidelined for a month and a half.
Lebo notes that Lewis, a coach's son who could play both of the guard positions, had stood out in practice. "Kelvin is a guy I have been impressed with," the coach says. Lebo adds that Lewis had been the most impressive of the four freshmen.
When the Tigers take on the Faulkner Eagles at 7 p.m. on Friday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Lebo will be closely watching how the other members of this year's signee class perform.
"I think all of them are going to get in there early because of the suspensions," says Lebo, who will not have junior forward Quan Prowell and sophomore forward Josh Dollard available. Those two players can practice, but won't see game action until later in the season.
"DeWayne Reed is a guard from Houston," Lebo says of the six-foot-one Texan. "He is tough, athletic and knows how to play. I think he will get so much better as the year goes on.
"What is nice this year is our freshmen have stronger competition in practice," Lebo adds. "Last year our freshmen didn't really have anybody to play against in practice who pushed them. This year the freshmen are finding out in practice how tough it is. They had to wait until games to find out last year."
Kelvin Lewis (left) and DeWayne Reed are newcomers from Texas.
The Tigers will play a second exhibition game on Nov. 7th vs. AUM and open the regular season on Nov. 10th vs. Troy. All of those games are at home, where the Tigers will play 20 regular season games.
"Matt Heramb is a talented kid," Lebo says. "He has just got to learn the physical nature of the game because he can shoot the ball from three at 6-9 and he has got good hands. Lucas Hargrove is skinny. He can play a lot of positions, but he is not a very physically imposing guy."
Auburn's other newcomer is 6-4 junior Archie Miaway, a transfer from Tallahassee Community College who is originally from Norcross, Ga.
"Archie Miaway is probably our best shooter," Lebo says. "He can stand and shoot. He has played on a very good junior college team that went to the national championship (game). He is by far our best standstill shooter on the perimeter."