Lucas Hargrove, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., visited a SEC program over the weekend and he returned home a committed man. The three-star prospect is the latest class of 2006 prospect to make a verbal commitment.
Hargrove visited Auburn over the weekend had a chance to hook up with his South Carolina Ravens AAU teammate Josh Dollard, a current AU freshman. Hargrove saw enough and was quick to tell Dollard that he was joining him in the SEC.
"I'm a Tiger," Hargrove told Rivals.com on Sunday night. "Coach (Jeff) Lebo and (assistant coach John) Cooper are real cool. I met with the players and they took me in real good. Now I'm ready to come in and be the SEC Freshman of the Year."
The Tigers are getting a multi-faceted player that can play a variety of positions. At times this summer, he even played the point and did it efficiently. Hargrove said Auburn is planning on utilizing his versatility from day one.
"They want to use me as a one, two and three and that I may start right away and if I did, it would be at three spot," Hargrove said. "Maybe sometimes I'll even play the point."
While at the Auburn-Ole Miss football game, Hargrove said he had a chance to sense the new energy regarding the basketball program.
"They are really, really excited," Hargrove said. "They have new players, new coaches and even new buildings. They are setting things up to be really good. They are on the rise."
Hargrove joins Texas shooting guard Kelvin Lewis for Auburn's 2006 recruiting class. Hargrove also considered, and visited, Nevada.