Lebo Comments On His Four Signees

Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo gives his take on his four signees for the 2008-2009 team.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo said he is happy with his four early period signees he announced on Tuesday. All four, two high school seniors and two junior players, had previously committed verbally to play for the Tigers.

Auburn's signees include 6-1 guard Frank Sullivan from R.C. Hatch High in Uniontown; 6-8 forward Kenny Gabriel from United Faith Academy in Charlotte, N.C., 6-2 guard Tay Waller from Manchester, Ga., and Okaloosa-Walton Junior College and 6-8 forward Johnnie Lett from Mobile and Okaloosa-Walton.

Sullivan averaged 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals as a junior for a state championship team and he averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore. He has been a key player for R.C. Hatch since his eighth grade season.

Frankie Sullivan

"We are excited about Frankie Sullivan, who is an All-State player in Alabama and has won four state championships already and is going for his fifth," Lebo said. "He has the ability to score and he is a winner. He is tough."

Waller, who played high school basketball with Auburn junior Korvotney Barber, averaged 18.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists and shot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent (117-of-296) from three-point range as a freshman for a 23-5 Okaloosa-Walton Junior College team. He scored 39 points in the the 2006-2007 season finale. He set a school record by making 92 percent of his free throws and his 117 three-pointers is the second highest total in school history.

Waller is averaging 16.4 points while shooting 41 percent from three-point range in four games this season. He averaged 24 points per game as a senior at Manchester, Ga., High School, where he set a school record for threes made.

"Tay Waller is probably one of the best junior college shooters we think in the country, Lebo said. "He played with Korvotney Barber at Manchester High School and played under Coach Bruce Stewart, who has had a history of developing shooting guards at Okaloosa-Walton."

Gabriel is averaging 28.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a senior this season for Charlotte United Faith Academy. He averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior.

"Kenny Gabriel's upside at the small forward and power forward spots is terrific," said Lebo.

Kenny Gabriel

Lett is averaging 8.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field in four games for Okaloosa-Walton College this season. He averaged 2.9 points and 4.2 rebounds a game as a freshman at Okaloosa-Walton in 2006-07. At B.C. Rain High School in Mobile, Lett averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds per game as a senior.

Johnnie Lett

"Johnnie Lett, a power forward who is a junior college player, is from Mobile and has improved as much as anybody I have seen in a long time in a short period of time at Okaloosa-Walton," said Lebo. "He can play inside and out and is extremely athletic."

"We think we have addressed our needs that we had with our team, especially in the backcourt with scoring ability and also with a small forward, who potentially down the road could be a matchup problem for our people in this league when he gets bigger and stronger."

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