October 31, 2008

Newcomers making early impact

As Jeff Lebo approaches the start of his fifth season at Auburn, he'll need a big contribution from several newcomers in order to reach postseason play for the first time since he took over the program in 2004.

Lebo appears particularly excited about the addition of junior college shooting guard Tay Waller and freshman combo guard Frankie Sullivan.

"They can shoot the ball. You have to defend them all the time. I've been real impressed with both of them," Lebo said. "Tay can make some tough shots. He's got range with the three.

"Frankie has the same thing. He can really shoot it. Like most freshmen, he just turns it over a little bit too much and gets going a little too fast. Defensively, he's been a little bit better than I anticipated and he's a great competitor."

Waller made 260 three-pointers in two seasons at Okaloosa-Walton and hopes to be the consistent outside threat the Tigers have been looking for the last couple of seasons.

"I've been shooting pretty good. I feel confident," Waller said. "When I first got here I had to adjust a little bit but after two weeks, my shot, it's been back."

Waller has been working mainly at shooting guard while Sullivan, who suffered a high ankle sprain in Thursday's practice, can play the point or shooting guard.

Auburn also got a big boost to its inside game with the addition of three junior college transfers in Johnnie Lett, Francis Aihe and Brendan Knox.

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