Previously the supervised summer workouts were limited to conditioning drills. Any on-court basketball practices consisted of individual workouts or pickup games organized by the players.
"The NCAA has given us the ability to work with our team in the summer, even though it is in a limited capacity," Barbee noted. "It still gives you a chance to indoctrinate your new guys with the older guys in a limited capacity, but still get a feel for what they can do on the floor.
"It is good we have all of our returning players in summer school," Barbee said. "We have got all of our incoming freshmen in summer school so it has been good to kind of get them to gell with the older veterans, which I think is probably going to be a strong group of seniors for us, probably the strongest since I have been here with Frankie Sullivan, Rob Chubb, Noel Johnson and Josh Wallace."
The freshman class includes a pair of four-star rated recruits, guard Jordan Price from Southwest DeKalb High in Decatur, Ga., and forward Shaq Johnson from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga.
Also on campus this summer are freshman forward Jordon Granger from McCluer North High in Florissant, Mo., and guard Brian Greene from suburban Chicago, who played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this past season. Granger led his team to a state championship as a senior.
Two more signees, junior college post players Sharief Adamu and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, are expected to arrive on campus in August.
Barbee pointed out he likes what he is seeing out of his veteran players in the summer workouts.
"The senior leaders have been great and we have been able to do a lot of individual work," the coach said. "We have also been able to work on some team concepts as we want to blend in this group with the veteran group because we are going to need them all to contribute."