Feb. 26, 2007
AUBURN-Auburn sophomore forward Korvotney Barber earned his second SEC Player of the Week honor this year after recording back-to-back double-doubles last week in leading the Tigers to a pair of wins over Arkansas and at No. 25 Alabama, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday.
Barber is the first Tiger to win the award twice in the same season since All-American Chris Porter in 1998-99 and just the fourth ever along with All-American Chuck Person in 1984-85 and first-team All-SEC Chris Morris in 1987-88.
Barber averaged 14.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block while shooting 56 percent from the field against the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks. Half of his 24 rebounds were offensive.
"Vot has to be without a doubt one of the most improved players in this league," said Lebo of Barber, who averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds as a freshman last year. "He has made a tremendous amount of improvement from year one to year two. He is scoring the ball much better. He is defending better. He is stronger, and he is not losing the ball as much.
"The last two games, he was awful effective around the basket using his quickness. He is always shooting the ball at a high percentage in around the basket because he doesn't come out from the basket very often. His free throw shooting has been better of late. Even the ones he has missed have been right there. He's given us a big lift. There is no doubt about it."
The Manchester, Ga., native notched his sixth double-double of the season in the 86-77 win at No. 25 Alabama Saturday with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. He was 6-of-8 from the field and also added an assist, block and steal. He totaled 14 rebounds, 12 points, three assists and a block in the 67-59 win over Arkansas Feb. 21 that ended a season-long four-game losing streak.
Barber averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and shot 74 percent (14-of-19) from the field to lead Auburn to its first season sweep of Alabama since 1999. It was also the first time in history that the Tigers swept the Crimson Tide when they were nationally ranked each game.
For the year, Barber is averaging 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks and is shooting 62 percent from the field. A 45 percent foul shooter on the season, Barber shot 60 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line in Auburn's last two games.
Barber was named the first SEC Player of the Week of 2006-07 on Nov. 13 after recording his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in Auburn's season-opening come-from-behind 71-68 win over Troy.