Bluechipper Signs With Lebo's Tigers

Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo received good news on the first day of the early signing period. The Tigers are expected to sign six prospects.

Hargrave, Va.--Auburn picked up a big man for its 2010 freshman basketball class when Shawn Kemp, Jr. chose Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers.

Also, another prospect, six-foot-seven forward Allen Payne, said he will sign with the Tigers next week. That gives Lebo a half dozen players for his 2010 signee class.

The six-foot-nine post player signed scholarship papers on Wednesday morning, the first day of the week-long early signing period. He narrowed his choices to Auburn, Georgia and Arkansas before selecting the Tigers.

Kemp attends Hargrave Military Academy where he is a standout performer on the post-graduate basketball team. He played his high school basketball at Cherokee County High in Canton, Ga.

In a recent scrimmage against prep school power Oak Hill Academy, he scored 21 points as he hit 9-12 field goals.

Shawn Kemp

Kemp, who is the son of former NBA star Shawn Kemp, signed with the University of Alabama last season, but did not qualify. He was also recruited by Kentucky, Indiana and Florida and others before choosing the former coaching staff at Alabama. Kemp is expected to qualify and enroll at Auburn next summer as a freshman.

Coach Jeff Lebo is expected to announce four other signees this week. Players previously committed to the Tigers include 5-11 point guard Anthony Salter from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, 6-8 forward Adrian Forbes from Jamaica who attends Trinity Valley, Tex., Junior College, 6-2 guard Jalen Steele from Fulton High in Knoxville, Tenn., and 6-7 forward Heath Houston from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga.

Another prospect, 6-7 forward Allen Payne from Cincinnati, Ohio, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he wants to play for Lebo's team. He took an official visit to the Auburn campus earlier this fall.

"I am committed to Auburn and I am going to sign next week," he said. "I like Coach Lebo and his pro style offensive system. It is a good fit for me. I liked the campus on my visits there and I am excited about my decision."

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