October 25, 2006

Young guys must step up for Lebo's Tigers

The first few weeks of practice can be a tough time for any freshman athlete, especially in the Southeastern Conference.

For Auburn freshmen Kelvin Lewis and DeWayne Reed, the start of basketball practice has been especially difficult.

That's because Lewis and Reed aren't just trying to contribute as freshmen. They're trying to contribute as freshmen at perhaps the most difficult position on the floor: Point guard.

The two rookies have spent the last week trying to absorb head coach Jeff Lebo's system. It's not an easy task, but it's doable.

For proof, they don't have to look far. All they have to do is take a glance at starting point guard Quantez Robertson.

Robertson, a sophomore, started all 28 of Auburn's games last year as a freshman. And he played well, averaging 8 points and 4.6 assists per game.

But Robertson was the Tigers' only option at point guard most of last season. When junior-college transfer Michael Woodard quit the team in early December, Lebo didn't have a reliable backup point guard.

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