Talented Hoops Big Man Interested In Tigers

The Tigers are in the mix with this four-star recruit.

Manchester, Ga.--New Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo could legitimately hang a sign on the front of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum that says, "Playing Time Available--Inquire Within."

The opportunity for early action is particularly appealing for talented big men. Korvotney Barber, a player who was a standout at a recent camp featuring prospects from across the country, looks to be just the type of player Lebo is interested in adding to his signee class in November.

"I like Auburn and I like Coach Lebo and his assistants," Barber tells Inside the Auburn Tigers "It is still early in recruiting for me and I haven't narrowed anything down yet, but Auburn is definitely a team I am interested in. Right now I would say that I am open."

A 6-7 1/2, 220-pounder who is known as a strong rebounder as a power forward, Barber took an unofficial visit to the Auburn campus earlier this month to tour the facilities and meet the coaches.

Korvotney Barber

As a junior, he averaged 14 points per game for Manchester High School. In the summer, he plays AAU basketball for the Smyrna Stars. This week he traveled to Richmond, Va., for the NBA Players Camp, a session that features individual skills and draws top prospects from around the country.

Dave Telep, the chief basketball recruiting scout for TheInsiders.com, watched the forward perform this week in Richmond and made these comments: "There's just something unique about him, even at 6-7. He's got terrific ‘fast twitch' muscles and what he lacks in size he makes up for in quickness. Spin moves, half hooks, athletic finishes. The guy knows how to play."

Barber has already started three years in high school and says his best game last season came against Tri-Cities. "I liked that one because I had a triple-double," he says.

The forward adds that he considers himself a physical player and doesn't mind mixing it up around the basket. "I would say the strength of my game is down low," he notes. "I like to get on the boards and rebound."

Barber also runs the court well, an essential skill in Lebo's up-tempo, high-scoring offense. The forward from Manchester says he likes the fast-paced style of play.

Lebo may sign as many as six players in the 2005-2006 signee class. The Tigers have one verbal commitment so far from 6-5, 210 guard Rasheem Barrett from Marist High in Atlanta.


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