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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

July 18th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball



Auburn Tigers

Overall Rank: #113

Conference Rank: #11 SEC


2005-06: 12-16, 4-12, 5th (t) West

2005-06 postseason: none


Jeff Lebo is continuing the turnaround at Auburn and things look better than they have in a few years.  Some transfers have hindered the team, but one incoming transfer will make a huge impact and enough talent returns for the Tigers to dream about postseason play.  The lack of size is a major concern, and will most likely keep Auburn at home in March for at least one more year.


Who’s Out: Joey Cameron, Michael Woodard and Emanuel Willis have transferred.  Cameron started 12 games and will look for a better opportunity at Seton Hall.  Woodard and Willis only played in a handful of games before heading out of Auburn.  Woodard was the supposed answer at point guard, but the Tigers found another option anyway.  Ronny LeMelle, the only graduating senior, led the team with 12.8 points per game.  The guard added 3.8 boards and 2.3 assists.


Who’s In: Auburn fans had a bad first impression of Quan Prowell.  They watched the 6-8 forward, then a member of the Furman basketball team, dump 19 points on their beloved Tigers during the 2004-2005 season.  A redshirt season later, and Prowell is donning the orange and blue.  Prowell averaged 15.2 points and 5.6 boards in 15 games that season, battling academic eligibility issues along the way.  Power forward Matt Heramb likes to play facing the basket and lacks the rebounding skills and strength to become a dominant post player, but he has a nice touch on his shot and, at 6-9, is the tallest player on the roster.  Versatility is the name of the game in Auburn and 6-5 forward Lucas Hargrove will add to that.  On the perimeter Archie Miaway is ready to contribute immediately.  The 6-4 guard averaged 15.67 points per game last year at Tallahassee Community College in Florida.  He’s a scorer and can do it from long range or driving the lane and should provide a nice spark off the bench.  Nothing says smart and tough like a coach’s son and a gym rat.  Combo guard Kelvin Lewis qualifies as both and could end up to be a nice pickup for the Tigers.  Rounding out the group is Dewayne Reed.  The 6-1 point guard will have to wait his turn, but will not be a bad option when a score first mentality is needed running the show.


Who to Watch: Throw freshmen into 28 games, and they will put up some good numbers.  The question is whether or not this young group is talented enough to take their experience and win some games with it.  Quantez Robertson, Rasheem Barrett and junior Frank Tolbert are a solid group on the perimeter.  Robertson averaged 4.6 assists and only 2.8 turnovers as a freshman.  Those are solid numbers for a freshman and should only get better this year.  Barrett and Tolbert will be the scorers on the wing and, along with junior Daniel Hayles, are the main long range threats on the team. 


Final Projection: The frontcourt has some returning talent in sophomores Josh Dollard and Korvotney Barber.  Dollard is a decent shooter, although he may try his luck from behind the arc a little too much.  Barber has the potential to become a star in the SEC.  The 6-7 forward led the team with 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season.  Not having a true center is an issue, but a frontcourt of Barber and Prowell is an intimidating duo that will make their presence known.  The depth should not be as much of a problem as it has been lately.  Even without counting on any freshmen, the perimeter has Hayles and Miaway as very capable players and the frontcourt has a sophomore with starting experience in Dollard.


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Quantez Robertson, Sophomore, Guard, 8.0 points per game

Rasheem Barrett, Sophomore, Guard, 11.1 points per game

Frank Tolbert, Junior, Guard, 9.1 points per game

Quan Prowell, Junior, Forward, DNP last season

Korvotney Barber, Sophomore, Forward, 6.8 points per game

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