Coach Likes Basketball Scrimmage

A report on Auburn's intrasquad men's basketball scrimmage is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Barbee put his basketball Tigers through a half scrimmage on Saturday afternoon and Auburn's head coach seemed encouraged by what he saw.

All six of Barbee's 2012 signees had solid performances at the Auburn Arena. One of those players, four-star recruit Shaq Johnson, agreed with his head coach.

"The scrimmage was good," Johnson said. "I feel like everybody got better today. I think we are ready to play an exhibition game."

The Tigers will play their first exhibition game at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday vs. Victory University.

Asked how he is fitting in with his new team, Johnson said, "Pretty good. At first I was struggling learning all of the plays and with the defense, but now I am starting to get the hang of it. I haven't got it all down fully, but I am getting there."

Johnson scored 10 points of his team's 38 points as he hit 3-7 field goals, including a three-pointer. Fellow four-star recruit Jordan Price was tied with senior Rob Chubb leading scorer as he finished with 11 points in the 20 minutes of competition.

Price, who played on the White team that won 38-36, was 4-4 from the field, including 3-3 on treys.He added three rebounds and a steal.

Chubb, playing for the Blue team, produced a double-double in the half of basketball as he was the top rebounder with 10. Juco transfer forward Shareif Adamu added six rebounds and four points. Seven-foot juco transfer Asauhn Dixon-Tatum scored seven points and added five rebounds.

Jordan Price is shown in action at the Auburn Arena.

Senior Frankie Sullivan scored eight points, freshman Jordon Granger added seven points, senior guard Josh Wallace added six points, junior guard Chris Denson and Adamu scored four, redshirting transfer K.T. Harrell scored three on a trey as did senior guard/forward Noel Johnson. Freshman guard Brian  Greene Jr., who had two assists and two rebounds, and junior forward Allen Payne played and did not score. Greene

The Tigers hit 29-65 field goals, 7-19 threes and 9-16 free throws with a variety of players showing good offensive moves.

"Still, at the end of the day, this game is about who has the most points on the scoreboard," Barbee said. "It is a pretty simple formula. We want to be a great defensive team, which we have been. We have been real high level defensively.

"We have to score at a higher level than we did in the past and we have got to rebound at a higher level than we did in the past, and because of some the talents and attributes we have got in recruiting, and some of the hard work our returning players have put in, we have got a chance to do those two things at a better level."

Seven-footer Asauhn Dixon-Tatum launches a hook shot. He made a pair of them in the scrimmage.

Freshman point guard Josh Wallace has won praise from Barbee for his play in the preseason. On Saturday he put good pressure on the opposing ball-handlers.

"It has been the best thing for Brian (Brian Greene, Jr), it has been the best thing for Jordan Price to go against a guy like Josh Wallace every day because there are not a whole lot of teams that have a waterbug senior, fast, pesky point guard like Josh Wallace," Barbee stated.

"It would have been the worst thing for those two guys to have somebody they could just breeze through practice," the coach added. "Josh has been up under those guys and it is going to make them better because that is the type of pressure they are going to face during rhe regular season, especially in the SEC."

The Blue squad starting lineup featured veterans Sullivan and Wallace at guards along with Payne and Chubb plus juco transfer Adamu. The White squad starting lineup featured Greene and Price at guard, Johnson and Granger at the forward spots and Dixon-Tatum at center.

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