May 12, 2007
AUBURN----Auburn rising senior forward Quan Prowell, junior guard Rasheem Barrett and administrative assistant Bryan Bartley fly to China Monday for a two-week, eight-game Reach USA mission basketball trip with mainly other Southeastern Conference players from May 14-28. Bartley and Texas-Pan American head coach Tom Schuberth are the teams coaches.
"I have never been overseas and to play in China will be a good experience," said Barrett. "The only thing I am afraid of is the food. I hope I don*t lose too much weight. We hope to represent Auburn well, and I am just trying to go there with an open mind and have fun."
"I don't know how I am going to make it on that long 15-16 flight. I am really looking forward to playing against the Chinese. I have never had the experience before, and I am going to play my hardest."
Barrett averaged 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in starting 24 of 32 games for the Tigers last season. He scored a season-high 22 points, making 6-of-9 three-pointers, vs. Vanderbilt in the SEC opener.
"This will be a wonderful experience for Quan and Rasheem," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "They get to play competitive basketball and experience a different culture. Not many people get a chance to do this. It is a great learning experience for them."
Prowell averaged 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range. The Columbus, Ga., native scored a career-high 26 points, including 20 in the second half, at Ole Miss. He also had 21 points and eight rebounds in the win over No. 22 Tennessee and 17 points in the win at No. 25 Alabama.
The team will fly into Beijing Wednesday and will then play
eight games in 10 days throughout China. Other members of the team are
Alabama's Mikhail Torrence and Demetrius Jemison, LSU's Garrett
Temple, Mississippi State's Brian Johnson, Lipscomb's Eddie Ard and
Texas-Pan American's Paul Stoll.