Feb. 19, 2008
By Jake Mastroianni, Auburn Media Relations Student Assistant
Senior forward Quan Prowell has traveled a twisted road on his way to becoming one of Auburn"s best players. It all started when he was young playing in the shadows of his father who played college basketball.
"I spent a lot of time around him when he played basketball, and he kind of inspired me to play," said Prowell.
Prowell averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists as a senior in 2002-03 at Jordan High School in Columbus, Ga., where he was a three-year starter.
"All through high school, I just worked on my game and trying to get to college."
That hard work paid of for Prowell as he earned a chance to play at Furman University. As a freshman, he averaged 9.9 points per game on his way to earning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors. As a sophomore, he averaged 15.2 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.
"The competition was good (at Furman)," said Prowell. "Basketball was going real good out there, but school was tough. That environment was kind of different for me which is why I had decided to come here."
While at Furman, Prowell had the opportunity to play against Auburn and he totaled 19 points and five rebounds in only 24 minutes.
"It was kind of nice," said Prowell. "My family came down here because they live so close. That was the first time a lot of them had come as a group. The environment was good, and I liked it. I don"t think it had anything to do with me coming here because I didn"t have it in my mind to transfer at the time. It was just by coincidence I guess."
After two years at Furman, Prowell was offered a scholarship in 2005 to play at Auburn.
"It has been different then what I am used to," said Prowell. "I have kind of been out of position and a lot of stuff is different, but it"s fun. It is a lot more challenging than it was at Furman, and I like the challenge."
After being redshirted in 2006-07 at Auburn, he was ready to make a huge impact his junior year. He averaged 12 points and 5.3 rebounds a game starting in nine of the 21 games. Against No. 22 Tennessee, he had 21 points and eight rebounds and also hit the go ahead shot as the Tigers upset the Volunteers. He had a double-double against Alabama with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Prowell had a busy summer as he traveled to China to play for Reach USA with teammate Rasheem Barrett along with other SEC stars.
"There is definitely a whole other world out there," said Prowell. "The food and the way of living over there are so different. It is something you have to get used to if you want to be over there." Prowell average 15.5 points a game and 7.4 rebounds along with winning the slam dunk contest.
He has had a phenomenal senior season as he is leading the team averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while ranking sixth in the SEC shooting 56 percent from the field. He is also shooting 35 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the foul line. He has had to make the transition to play the center position for the Tigers since Korvotney Barber has been out with a broken hand on Dec. 29 and Josh Dollard is being redshirted for medical reasons.
"It is a lot work down there at the five position," said Prowell. "Playing the four is a lot different because you can step out sometimes, but at the five, you have to battle and push the whole time. It gets tiring. I think I am learning better so I think I will be all right."
Prowell scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field in Auburn's 90-78 victory at Ole Miss Feb. 16. He was also 3-of-5 from 3-point range and had five assists, four rebounds and four steals in playing 39 minutes.
On the defensive end, he guarded Ole Miss center Dwayne Curtis and held him to eight points and six rebounds, which was seven points and three rebounds below his average coming into the game.
"He has had to make a big adjustment defending bigger, stronger players in the post and understanding post defensive positioning," said head coach Jeff Lebo. "He was terrific at Ole Miss."
The Columbus, Ga., native ranks sixth in the SEC shooting 55.6 percent from the field. In his last two games in Oxford, he averaged 25.5 points while shooting 21-of-29 (.724) from the field and 8-of-11 (.727) from 3-point range.
Last year, he scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, in last year"s regular season finale for the SEC Western Division Championship.
Prowell had game-highs of 20 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals playing all 40 minutes vs. Kentucky Feb. 6. He totaled 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and two rebounds at Vanderbilt Feb. 2.
He tied a career-high with 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting in all 40 minutes vs. LSU Jan. 30 and scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field in only 31 minutes at Alabama Jan. 26.
"After basketball season, I just plan to get my degree and graduate and then take it from there with whatever comes," said Prowell. "I do want to continue playing basketball so that will be something I will continue to work on and hope something works out in the next couple of years."