Jan. 3, 2014
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. --
Auburn's KT Harrell goes through traffic for more points (USA Today photo)
Newcomer KT Harrell finds himself in some pretty fast company these days.
He has scored 191 points in Auburn's first 10 games, and that's the most for a Tiger basketball player since Wesley Person lit it up with 254 points in the 1993-94 season.
He's not the only new face who has made an instant impact. Harrell, the transfer from Virginia, has joined new point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen in helping Auburn to a 7-3 record. The Tigers will be looking to add to that against Florida A&M at 7 p.m. Saturday in Auburn Arena in the final test before starting SEC play at Ole Miss on Jan. 9.
"We want to get some good work done as we head into the second phase of our season," said coach Tony Barbee. "I think we have gotten better over this break, and that's typically what happens with every team, and it's good to see my team progressing that way. I think we still have a lot of room for improvement, but that is what these games are designed to do."
Auburn had easy time of it in smashing Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Now, it's another stop against 3-10 Florida A&M on the way to the SEC.
"We are starting to play with some purpose and we are starting to play with the energy and emotion and passion on the floor and that's what this game is supposed to be about," Barbee said. "We are finally getting what that looks like and it is transforming itself into better effort and better scoring. A lot of good things come from when you are excited to play this game."
The scoring of Harrell, who has teamed with Chris Denson to form the highest-scoring tandem in the SEC. They're averaging a combined 38.1 points per game.
Shamsid-Deen helps make that so at point guard.
"He is getting more and more comfortable," Barbee said. "He is a true freshman and he is doing a heck of a job running the team. Every game, every practice you see him getting more and more comfortable and as he gets more comfortable you see his full potential coming out even though he still has a lot of room to grow."
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