"He is a very good player," says Jackson, who notes that Lewis averaged 16 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior for the Saints.
"He did a great job for us this year," the coach adds. "He is already a good player and he has the potential to keep improving. I think he is a guy who will have a chance to keep on playing at the next level after college."
Lewis played in last week's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in Pelham and scored seven points in his team's victory.
"He moves well for a big man," points out Jackson, who says the senior is 6-9, 235. "He is a good player now who is very fluid. He is not a kid who is a project.
"Off the court he is a good young man who comes from a great family," the coach adds. "His grandmother has done a great job raising him."
In the early period Auburn signed 6-5 swingman Earnest Ross from Panther Creek High in Cary, N.C., 6-4 guard Andre Malone from Georgia Class AA state champion South Atlanta High, 6-10 center Robert Chubb from Montverde Academy in Florida and 6-8 forward Kenny Gabriel, who is from Charlotte, N.C., and played this past season as a freshman at Paris, Tex., Junior College.