Pearl Hopes Newcomers Add Physical Presence

Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pear talks about the addition of Antoine Mason and Cinemeon Bowers.

Auburn, Ala.--New Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl said he would like to see the Tigers become a physically stronger team and noted that a pair of summer arrivals should be able to help in that area.

Antoine Mason, a six-foot-three transfer from Niagara University, will be eligible to compete for the Tigers as a senior this season.

Cinmeon Bowers, a six-foot-six power forward from Chipola Junior College, will be a junior for the 2014-15 season.

"They are both physical players, which I think is something we lacked," Pearl pointed out.

"Mason will get to the rim, he will get to the lane more, he will get to the foul line," Pearl said of the son of former NBA player Anthony Mason. "He is a willing passer. He is a physical player."

Mason averaged 26.5 points per game last year while Bowers, who weighs 260 pounds, averaged 11.9 points and 8.9 rebounds last season.

"Cinmeon has got a real man's body," Pearl said. "He has got a skill level to be able to put the ball down on the floor and create that could make him a matchup problem.

"He can be a dominant rebounder," Pearl noted. "He likes to rebound. He can face the basket and draw you away and he can also play in the paint. He likes to be in there and he likes to body, and he likes contact. He and Mason have a chance to really lead our team in free throws attempted because they like to draw to contact."

Cinmeon Bowers

Commenting on Bowers, Pearl said, "He has an SEC body. He has a physical presence. If you look at the three most physical teams in the SEC last year--Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee--all three were in the SEC Tournament last year."

Mason and Bowers arrived at Auburn last week for summer classes and practice along with two other transfers--guard K.C. Ross-Miller from New Mexico State and Kareem Canty from Marshall. Ross-Miller will be eligible to play this season while Canty will have to redshirt and will be a junior for the 2015-16 season.

The only member of the signee class who has not arrived yet is Sam Logwood, who has been working on becoming an academic qualifier.

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