New Williams Guards T.J. Dunans (Photo by Jason Caldwell)

The Auburn Basketball Tigers Need to Improve In A Variety Of Areas, According to Coach Bruce Pearl

Comments from Auburn's head hoops coach are featured as the Tigers prepare for the 2016-17 season.

Anfernee McLemore (above) is a six-foot-seven freshman forward.

Auburn, Ala.--With his Tigers closing in on their Nov. 4th exhibition game vs. Montevallo and the regular season opener a week later, Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl said that his team needs to show major improvement in a variety of areas.

“I was disappointed in the scrimmage,” Pearl told Inside the Auburn Tigers when asked about the Saturday practice session at Auburn Arena. “I thought we were sloppy and didn’t take care of the basketball.

“We need to pick up our physicality and I don’t see it,” said Pearl, who is heading into his third season as head coach of the Tigers.

“Our execution and attention to detail needs to improve, but at the same time when I looked out there and I see guys playing who really are young.

“This is the youngest team I have been around as a head coach or assistant coach and it is days like this that it shows,” he said.

“The good news is we are going to get better because we are young, but if we don’t pick up our defense and rebounding and improve our ability to take care of the basketball it will be challenging early.”

Junior guard/forward T.J. Lang had the most impressive offensive performance in the scrimmage. He hit 8-10 field goals, including 5-6 three-pointers, on his way to scoring 22 points.

Freshman forward Anfernee McLemore continued his strong preseason as he scored 18 points and led all rebounders with 16.


Anfernee McLemore has been impressive so far this fall,

Senior guard T.J. Dunans scored 15 points while adding nine assists and eight rebounds.

Auburn’s coaches changed the teams and lineups multiple times during the scrimmage.

Asked if he is still looking at a variety of different combinations, Pearl said, “I am. Right now we are going to play 10 guys, for sure, and that is a lot. We should be able to wear out people if each player can play to their strengths and stay away from their weaknesses.”

The Tigers open the regular season on Nov. 11th with a home game vs. defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion North Florida.

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