AU Hoops Signee Having Strong Season

Updates on Auburn's four November basketball signees are featured.

Uniontown, Ala.--Frank Sullivan was impressive as a freshman, sophomore and junior, but according to his high school coach the R.C. Hatch High star is playing at a higher level as a senior.

"He's having a great season," Homer Davis tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is doing a great job of getting his teammates involved and making sure they are into the game.

"He is a more mature player," Davis adds. "I think the time he spent at the Steve Nash Camp last summer was really good for him and helped his all-around game. I also think it helped him competing against a lot of top competition from around the country while playing AAU ball."

The R.C. Hatch coach says Sullivan is averaging 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals per game. R.C. Hatch is 18-1 overall as it seeks to defend its 2A state championship and the team has a 17-game winning streak and has won 27 consecutive games at home, Davis notes. Last season Sullivan averaged 18 points per contest.

"Since he went to the Steve Nash Camp, Frank has really focused on getting his teammates involved in the offense and he often does that before looking to score himself," Davis says.

When the need arises, the 6-2, 185 guard who chose Auburn over UAB, Tennessee and others, has shown he can put up big numbers. "His high game this season is 38 points and in one game he scored 17 points in the first quarter," Davis says.

Sullivan signed with Auburn in November. Auburn's other high school signee, 6-8, 200 forward Kenny Gabriel from United Faith Academy in Charlotte, N.C., is averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots per game. His high point game is 33 this season. Gabriel averaged 17 points per game as a junior.

Johnny Lett, a 6-8 forward from Mobile, is averaging 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Okaloosa-Walton. A player who signed with the University of Virginia as a high school senior, he averaged 2.9 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman last season.

Tay Waller

The Tigers also signed a pair of junior college teammates. Tay Waller, a 6-2 guard at Okaloosa-Walton College, is averaging 20 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in his second season vs. junior college competition. Waller, who is from Manchester, Ga., averaged 18.3 points per game as a freshman.



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