Freshman Guard Making Progress, Lebo Says

A report on the Auburn men's basketball team is featured as the Tigers prepare for their regular season opener.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo says that injured freshman guard Frankie Sullivan continues to make good progress recovering from an ankle injury and there is a possibility he could be back for the second game of the regular season.

Sullivan is not expected to play in Friday night's regular season opener vs. Missouri State, but might see action in game two on Nov. 19th, a home contest vs. Mercer.

The combo guard from R.C. Hatch High in Uniontown was performing well in practice before going down with an ankle sprain on Oct. 31st. He has not been able to practice since then, but has been rehabbing the ankle with a regimen that includes swimming.

"Frankie is doing well," Lebo tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "If we are lucky, maybe he can play against Mercer a little bit."

Sullivan led R.C. Hatch to the state championship last season as a senior.

The coach says he isn't certain if senior Rasheem Barrett, a returning starter for the Tigers, will be available to play this week vs. Missouri State. Barrett missed Auburn's 98-50 exhibition game victory over Morehouse College last Friday with a groin injury.

"We are going to try him a little bit at Tuesday's practice," Lebo says of Barrett, who has started since his freshman season. "He hasn't been able to go two days back to back. If he does well on Tuesday, we will see if he can go again on Wednesday."

Newcomer Tay Waller, a 6-2 junior college transfer at guard, led the Tigers in the exhibition game with 27 points. Waller's reputation as a strong three-point shooter was not tarnished as he nailed 7-12 treys in his Auburn debut.

Another guard, senior Quantez Robertson, played a strong game and finished with 19 points. He was 6-7 from the field on his shots and made each of his three-pointers while helping the Tigers on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Johnnie Lett, a 6-8 junior college transfer, tied Robertson for the team lead in rebounds with 10.

Junior guard DeWayne Reed chipped in with 14 points for the Tigers. vs. Morehouse.

Tipoff time for Auburn's regular season opener on Friday is 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

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