Devan Downey, a 5-9, 175 guard, is averaging 20.5 points per game for the Gamecocks. He is averaging 4.5 assists per game and 2.7 rebounds.
Last season he earned first team All-SEC honors with averages of 18.4 points and 5.4 assists.
"South Carolina has probably one of the best little guys in the country in Devin Downey, who I think is an NBA player," Lebo says. "He can flat-out beat you by himself. He is just a terrific, terrific player.
"He had 37 against Clemson at home," the Auburn coach adds. "He really beat Baylor the second half. South Carolina is coming off a big win on the road at Baylor, who was Top 20 coming into that game. He flat-out put them on his back and willed them to a victory at Baylor.
"We will have our work cut out," Lebo adds. "He is a tough guy to have to defend. Our backcourt players will be in for a big challenge."
The Gamecocks are 11-2 going into the SEC opener while the Tigers are 10-4 overall with a seven-game winning streak. Tipoff time is set for 6 p.m. CST in Columbia.