Senior Night: Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers remembers fun times
March 1, 2016

Cinmeon Bowers had reason to celebrate Auburn's win over Kentucky this season
Cinmeon Bowers had reason to celebrate Auburn's win over Kentucky this season

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. ― Bruce Pearl needed Cinmeon Bowers.

He needed one of the top junior college players in America, he needed somebody who could play inside and he needed someone who could believe Auburn would find the right basketball road. Bowers fit the bill two years ago, recorded 27 double-doubles since, and, Tuesday night, will play his final home game in Auburn Arena.

He and four other players and others will be honored on Senior Night when the Tigers meet Texas A&M at 8 in game that will be televised by ESPNU.

"It's kind of emotional… this being my last home game. I love our crowd. I feed off their energy. I’m going to miss playing in this place," Bowers said.

The senior players who will be recognized are Bowers, Tyler Harris and Jordon Granger, and walk-ons Cole Stockton and Jonathan Walker. 

Bowers will remember this: "The experience has been fun. The faculty members have been great to me, the staff here at Auburn, teachers, mentors, tutors and our coaches have been great to me. They have treated me like family since I have been here since Day One."

Bowers says he has "changed a lot."

"I feel like I have grown more into a man these past couple of years," he said. "

Pearl said he appreciates the fact Bowers bought in to, at the time, a new coach at Auburn.

"For him to pick Auburn at a time when we really needed him is something that I hope our Auburn fans and family will always remember," Pearl said. "He took advantage of the opportunity by developing his game inside and out and certainly he had some terrific moments. So, I think that people will remember Cim fondly and appreciate his contribution, his effort, his energy.

"He should leave here with his degree and be able to go on and play professional basketball. He’ll play, for sure, somewhere. I just look forward to having Cim in my life for a long, long time."

Harris arrived for this season and found himself in a new position.

"Basically a small forward having to play center and doing good things inside and out," Pearl said. "He got bit by the injury bug a little bit more than what people realize. He brought great leadership and toughness, and again, put us in position to do a few things ― we don't win at Bud Walton Arena without him, we don't beat Kentucky without him, we don't beat Alabama without him, there are some things that, we don' beat Tennessee without him. So, there are some things he did that, obviously, made an enormous difference.

Pearl said Granger is an example of "what Auburn can do, what the university is capable of doing. Pearl said Granger "has got a good foundation now with his degree, and I think he’s going to have really good impact on his world and on our world. And he’s improved on the basketball court.

"He's just improved, he’s grown, he’s made progress and that’s what you want students and student-athletes to do during their time here at Auburn."

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

 

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