Jordan Price, a six-foot-four, 220-pound two guard from Southwest DeKalb, was a perfect 4-4 on his shooting in the scrimmage.
Three of his field goals were behind the three-point line as he finished with 11 points, making him the leading scorer in the 20 minutes of game action as the Tigers played half of regulation game for fans to see at the Auburn Arena on Saturday.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Tigers will play an exhibition game vs. Victory University. Barbee says he saw positive signs from his Tigers, both offense and defense, in the intrasquad scrimmage. Price agrees.
"I think we looked pretty good," notes Price, a four-star recruit. "We were trying to make it fun for the fans and execute as well as we could. I think it was pretty good for our first outing."
Asked how he believes he has been performing this preseason, Price says, "I am still getting there. Hopefully, by the time we play our first game I will be ready."
The Tigers will open the regular season at home on Nov. 9th vs. IPFW out of the Horizon League. That will come following a second exhibition game set for Nov. 5th vs. Georgia Southwestern.
Barbee's team features six newcomers, including four freshmen who were on campus all summer getting an early start on college. Price used that time to work on his conditioning.
"I have dropped about 20 to 25 pounds trying to get leaner and stronger in the weight room," he says. "We have got a lot of coaches developing us. I am still trying to drop about five more pounds."
Jordan Price is shown in Saturday's scrimmage.
Barbee has praised the leadership of his senior class. Price notes the group has been very helpful to the newcomers. "The seniors are doing a good job of leading us whenever we need help," the freshman guard says.
"We are coming together real well, on and off the court," Price adds. "We have a lot of meetings, without the coaches, to keep the team together. We try to get together once week to go out and eat or something to build chemistry so we can be like brothers on and off the court."
In addition to Price, the other newcomers had solid performances in the intrasquad scrimmage. Guard/forward Shaquille Johnson scored 10 points and added four rebounds, guard Brian Greene, Jr. didn't score but had two assists and two rebounds while forward Jordon Granger scored seven points and pulled in two rebounds.
Juco transfer center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum scored seven points and added five rebounds while juco transfer forward Shareif Adamu was the second leading rebounder (Rob Chubb had 10) with six while scoring four points.