April 16, 2008
AUBURN - Senior Quan Prowell and junior Quantez Robertson were
named co-Most Valuable Players at the 19th annual Auburn Basketball
Awards Banquet Wednesday at the Hotel at Auburn University and the pair
combined for eight awards.
Prowell was selected the Outstanding Offensive Player,
Outstanding Rebounder and received the Iron Tiger Award. He averaged a
team-high 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks per game
while shooting 54 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range
and 72 percent from the foul line.
The Columbus, Ga., native ranked 16th in the SEC in both points
and rebounds and ranked seventh in the league in field goal percentage
and 17th with 32.52 minutes played per game. He scored a career-high 31
points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting at Mississippi State Feb. 27 to
go along with eight rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.
Robertson garnered the Playmaker Award for the third straight
year as well as the Outstanding Defensive Player and the Iron Man Award
for the second consecutive time for both. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native
averaged 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals while
shooting 41 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 75
percent from the foul line. He led the SEC with 37.5 minutes played,
ranked second in the league in steals, second with a 2.30
assist/turnover ratio and eighth in assists.
Robertson, who started all 90 games of his collegiate career,
scored a season-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and four
steals vs. Mississippi State and played 37 or more minutes in 23 games
this year. He played all 40 minutes in 10 games.
For the second consecutive year, junior Frank Tolbert received
the Lambert/Eagles Award. It is given in memory of Auburn*s 15th head
basketball coach, Paul Lambert, who died in a hotel fire June 6, 1978,
in Columbus, Ga., and Tommy Joe Eagles, who died unexpectedly of a heart
attack July 30, 1994, two months after becoming the head coach at New
Tolbert averaged 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 43 percent
from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the
foul line. The River Falls, Ala., native had 66 floor burns on the
season equalling the number for the rest of the entire Auburn team
Finishing 17th on Auburn*s all-time scoring chart with 1,242 career
points, Tolbert scored a career-high 32 points, including 26 in the
second half, at No. 18 Vanderbilt and had eight rebounds. He scored a
then career-high 29 points, making 9-of-11 field goals vs. No. 15 Ole
Junior Drew Smith and sophomore Ryan Brooks both received the Academic
Achievement Awards while junior Rasheem Barrett received a plaque for
being named SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 19-26, 2007, as he scored 25
points on 10-of-13 made field goals at Charleston Southern. He also
totaled four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Barrett and Tolbert were both presented painted basketballs for joining
Auburn*s 1,000-point club. Tolbert eclipsed the mark with 16 points
in Auburn*s 74-67 win at LSU on Jan. 16 while Barrett became the 30th
member of the club with 10 points in the Tigers* 88-76 win vs. Alabama
on Feb. 24.
Auburn finished with a 14-16 record overall (4-12 SEC) but was 8-2 when
it lost junior starting power forward Korvotney Barber with a broken
left hand in the sixth minute of the Towson game on Dec. 29. He was
leading the nation shooting 72.0 percent from the field at the time of
his injury. Auburn*s players, including Barber, Prowell, Josh
Dollard, Lucas Hargrove, Boubacar Sylla and Archie Miaway, missed a
combined 4,733 minutes on the season.