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Veteran Auburn Basketball Tigers Have Encouraging First Practice

Oct. 12, 2007

AUBURN----For the first time in several years, Auburn basketball had a veteran team when it opened its first practice of the 2007-08 season by working out for two hours in the hot box Friday.

Fourth-year head coach Jeff Lebo welcomed eight players who started last season, including five double-digit scorers in junior Josh Dollard (12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg), senior Quan Prowell (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), senior Frank Tolbert (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), junior Korvotney Barber (11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg) and junior Rasheem Barrett (11.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg). Junior Quantez Robertson, who averaged 8.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds, has started all 60 games of his collegiate career and has dished out more assists in his first two seasons than any other Tiger in history with 293.

*It was nice when we had the 10 days of practice when we went to Cancun in August to have veteran players out there to start practice with, and that time spent together carried over to today,* said Lebo. *You have less teaching. We only have one guy this year that we really have to teach a lot to, and that is our big freshmen, Boubacar Sylla.

*It makes a lot of difference when you have veterans. They already understand things, and we can move a lot faster. We still did typical first day of practice drills, but it is a lot nicer seeing experienced guys out there.*

The Tigers concentrated on team defense, post defense and fast break situations in the first half of the practice. The remainder of the initial workout featured several offensive sets.

*Everyone has come in great shape, but we need to get them in playing shape,* said Lebo. *It won*t take them long to adjust since they are so far along in their conditioning. Our freshman is going to have to catch up to the older guys, but we understand that going in.*



The Tigers will play 16 games against teams that reached postseason play a year ago, including nine against NCAA Tournament teams. Three non-conference foes played in the NCAA Tournament including home games against Xavier and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as well as Auburn playing George Washington in the BB&T Classic in Washington, D.C. The Tigers also play NIT participant West Virginia in the Pizza Hut Big East-SEC Invitational in Birmingham Dec. 5.

Auburn plays its only exhibition game Nov. 1 against Bluefield College before opening the season at Tulane Nov. 9. The Tigers home opener is against Kennesaw State Nov. 13 in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Season tickets for the 15 home games are $180 while single-game adult tickets are $10 for non-conference games and $15 for SEC games except for the Alabama and Kentucky games, which are $20.

Two mini-SEC ticket packages for $50 each will be available Dec. 3 with the Orange pack consisting of the Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi State games and the Blue pack consisting of the Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina and Ole Miss games. The exhibition game is free.

Holiday Game student section seats for NON-STUDENTS are $5 each for the Mercer, Alabama A&M, Towson, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Xavier games. The Family Fun Zone for upper sections 17-26 are $7 each and are available for all SEC home games except for the Alabama and Kentucky games. Fun Zone tickets consisting of 311 seats are sold on game day only at the box office. Group tickets of 20 or more tickets are available for $5 each for all games except for Alabama and Kentucky with a required advance purchase. Please call 334.844.4040 or 1.800.AUB.1957 for ticket information or visit

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