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
*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
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 www.auburntigers.com.