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'Are you serious?': Cinmeon Bowers, Auburn point guard
Feb. 8, 2016

Coming through: Cinmeon Bowers is on the move for Auburn
Coming through: Cinmeon Bowers is on the move for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― Big Cinmeon Bowers has never shied away from bringing the ball up court. Indeed, he likes to do it. But even he was surprised when Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said he was moving him to point guard.

"I started laughing. I didn't know he was serious. He said, 'What are you laughing at?' I said, 'Are you serious?' He said, 'Yes, I'm very serious.' I guess he was."

Guess so. Cinmeon Bowers, all 6-foot-7, 250 pounds of him, was Auburn's starting point guard at Georgia last Saturday, and likely will be in the starting lineup at that position again when the Tigers play at Tennessee at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the SEC Network. Auburn is 9-13 overall and 3-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the league.

Bowers at point guard is what happens when a team loses four guards from last year's team, and four more off this year's roster due to injuries, an eligibility issue and now a suspension of leading scorer Kareem Canty.

Auburn's short roster stole the show Monday as Pearl prepares to take his team to Tennessee, where he coached from 2005 through the 2011 season when he averaged 25.2 wins per season. He's 1-1 against his old team after beating the Vols in Auburn on Jan. 2 and losing to them last season in Thompson-Boling Arena.

These days, Pearl is trying to patch together a lineup with his three remaining scholarship guards in Bryce Brown, New Williams and TJ Lang after suspending Canty before last Saturday's game at Georgia.

"No, I've not experienced anything quite like this," Pearl said. "But that's the status of our program right now."

He said reinforcements are on the way.

"Recruiting has gone well. We've got more help coming. I'll do the best with this team knowing we have good players coming to help us make the kind of progress we want to make."

Bowers got his ninth double-double of the season at Georgia despite the change in positions. Now, he said, he wants to get more players involved in the offense. He'll try that along with Williams and Patrick Keim, who shared point guard duties at Georgia.

"It's really not any different," Bowers said of his new assignment, "but I've just got to control the offense more instead of rushing things, so I feel like it’s kind of a good fit for me even though I would love to have Kareem back, but we've just got to go with what we’ve got right now."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:


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