Lucas Hargrove: Catching On Quick At Auburn

Voted an all-state player last year former Richland Northeast High star Lucas Hargrove took his hoops talents to Auburn. There in a short amount of time he's managed to impress many with an unusually fast start for a freshman basketball player in a major college conference. Inside an early update on the former Palmetto State standout.

Just a year ago Lucas Hargrove was beginning his senior season for Richland Northeast High School. While he was already a much heralded basketball star in the state of South Carolina but he didn't have the same kind of hype that fellow area star Mike Jones of Lower Richland had (Syracuse freshman). Jones was a five star rated player while Hargrove was rated at three stars. For some players that would've been a big problem but to Hargrove it obviously fueled his hunger and drive to become and even better player. One year later Hargrove is receiving big minutes early on in his career as a freshman swingman for coach Jeff Lebo's Auburn Tigers.

Hargrove has in his first four games averaged almost 21 minutes each time out for the Tigers. The numbers you ask? 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Granted the early competition isn't the same as what he'll face once SEC conference play rolls around Hargove has impressed many with his fast start.

Many experts and analysts couldn't foresee the early success for Hargrove but his determination and diligence is apparent now. At 6'6 190 pounds is able to play multiple positions for Jeff Lebo's Tigers and he used that versatility to his advantage thus far. Given his size he rebounds very well and uses his long arms and athleticism to his advantage not only when it comes to rebounding but defensively as well. The Tigers are off to a 4-0 start and Hargrove is a big part of winning ways in Auburn, Alabama.

SCPrepNation.com will continue to follow the career of former RNE High standout Lucas Hargrove as he makes noise for the Auburn Tigers in the SEC over the next four years.

Interesting Fact:Hargrove isn't the only South Carolina native on Jeff Lebo's roster. Former Hemingway High School and Prince Avenue Prep star Josh Dollard is a sophomore for Jeff Lebo's team. Last season as a freshman Dollard averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. Dollard has yet to play in a game this season. Dollard and Hargrove were teammates for the South Carolina Ravens on the AAU basketball circuit.


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