Oct. 27, 2009
AUBURN -- Just over a week into preseason practice, the Auburn basketball team has been concentrating on all phases of the game and has produced very competitive workouts.
"We are just trying to get ready to play as far as putting our basic offenses in and man-to-man defenses in," said head coach Jeff Lebo. *We have been working on our under the basket and sideline out of bounds plays as well. We have been cleaning up execution everyday and getting better and better with the execution.
"The guys' energy is great, and they have probably been one of the best groups that we have had as far as coming and competing every single day. The one thing we have is some depth. We have great competitive practices because of that depth, and we have some guys who are pretty good who can play."
Combining six veterans with five newcomers has been a productive and competitive mix for the Tigers.
"Practice has been going well so far as everybody is working hard and fighting for playing time," said senior guard Tay Waller, who finished second in the SEC with 100 three-point field goals made last year and was third in the league shooting 36.8 percent from behind the arc. "It has been very competitive right now. We've been working on offense and defense, but most importantly, defense because we feel like we can beat anybody if we can stop them.
"Everybody is ahead of where we were last year at this point.
We feel like everyone has adjusted to it already. The first three days of practice, it was a little rough, but everybody is adjusted now. We are all looking forward to playing and the season is coming fast."
The Tigers play an exhibition game against Miles College on Nov.
6 before playing their final season opener in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 13 against Niagara, who advanced to last season's NIT, finished with a record of 26-9 and a RPI ranking of 49.