Newcomer Catches Lebo's Eye at Practices

A report on an Auburn men's basketball team freshman is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo says that Frank Sullivan, one of his newcomers, is off to a good start in practice as the Tigers prepare for their Nov. 14th regular season opener vs. Missouri State.

"I have really been impressed with Frankie," Lebo says of the freshman guard from R.C. Hatch High School in Uniontown.

Sullivan averaged 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game in leading his team to another Class 2A state title as a senior. The 6-1, 185-pound combo guard was the major reason his team posted a 28-1 record last season.

"I like his competitiveness," Lebo says. "He has a great motor, he doesn't fatigue and he plays hard all of the time."

Those qualities made Sullivan one of the most exciting players in Alabama high school history. A standout on the varsity at R.C. Hatch going back to his seventh grade season, Sullivan finished his high school career with more than 4,000 points. He finished in style by throwing in 51 in the state championship game, including 34 in the second half, to rally his team past Barbour County. His total of 51 was a record for points scored in a Class 2A title game.

"He has some leadership qualities and he can score," says Lebo of the guard who played on five state championship teams at R.C. Hatch and was named 2007-2008 Class 2A Player of the Year.

Also an honor student in high school, the Sullivan signed with Auburn in the early period in November of 2007 prior to his senior season choosing the Tigers over Tennessee, Mississippi State and UAB.

Sullivan is one of seven newcomers on the Auburn roster that includes four signees from the junior college ranks and two transfers from Division I programs.

Before opening with Missouri State, Lebo's Tigers will have an exhibition game a week earlier as Morehouse comes to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum for a 6 p.m. tipoff on Nov. 7th.

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