Nov. 3, 2008
- Auburn senior forward Korvotney Barber
was named to the Preseason Coaches All-SEC second-team, the Southeastern Conference office announced Monday.
Barber was joined on the second team with Alabama's Ronald Steele and Alonzo Gee, Arkansas' Michael Washington, Georgia's Terrance Woodbury, LSU's Chris Johnson, Kentucky's Jodie Meeks, South Carolina's Dominique Archie and Tennessee's Wayne Chism and J.P. Prince.
"It is a pretty good accomplishment considering I only played 10 games last year," Barber said. "I will strive to get better and hope the team gets better. I think we will have a good year this year.
The new players have added a lot to the team. They are working hard and are real coachable. That means a lot."
Barber averaged 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds as a junior last year as he missed the rest of the season after breaking his left hand three minutes into the 10th game of the year vs. Towson Dec. 29. The Manchester, Ga., native was leading the nation shooting 72.0 percent from the field and was averaging team-highs of 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds heading into the Towson game.
"I am happy for Vot that he garnered some recognition," Lebo said. "He will be a tremendous addition to us this year after his unfortunate injury last season. He brings a lot to you. He brings your best defensive post player. He brings you an experienced post player in around the bucket. He is your most athletic guy. Defensively and offensively, he brings the ability in offensive rebounding."
"Just from a standpoint of his athleticism and his leadership to be out on the court, he can get you some things off the offensive glass that you can*t coach."
Barber totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds at Alabama State last season and had 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field vs. George Washington to go along with nine rebounds. As a sophomore in 2006-07, he had six double-doubles and shot 61 percent from the field. He would have led the SEC in field goal percentage but did not have enough attempts. He ranked sixth in the league with 2.72 offensive rebounds, ninth with 1.72 blocks and 11th with 6.6 rebounds.
Barber was the first Tiger to be named SEC Player of the Week twice in the same season in 2006-07 since All-American Chris Porter in
1998-99 and was just the fourth ever, along with All-American Chuck Person in 1984-85 and first-team All-SEC Chris Morris in 1987-88.
The Preseason Coaches All-SEC first-team included Florida's Nick Calathes, Kentucky's Patrick Patterson, LSU's Tasmin Mitchell and Marcus Thornton, Ole Miss' Chris Warren, Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado, South Carolina's Devan Downey, Tennessee's Tyler Smith and Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy. Patterson and Ogilvy were unanimous selections.