LeMelle Named MVP of 2005-2006 Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--The only senior on Auburn's 2005-2006 men's basketball team, guard Ronny LeMelle, was named Most Valuable Player for the Tigers at an awards ceremony on Tuesday night.

LeMelle, who returned for a redshirt senior campaign after undergoing knee surgery that forced him to the sidelines for the 2004-2005 season, led the Tigers in scoring at 12.8 points per contest.\

LeMelle, who played shooting guard and small forward, also averaged 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

LeMelle told a full house at The Hotel at Auburn University at the event sponsored by The Auburn Tipoff Club that he appreciated the opportunity to play for the Tigers. "I want to thank you for giving me a chance," LeMelle added, speaking to his head coach, Jeff Lebo. "When I came up to your office last year you didn't have to let me come back. I knew you were working on building your program. I am glad you gave me a chance and I hope I met all of your expectations."

LeMelle, who accepted his MVP award from assistant coach John Cooper, started in a lineup that at times included four true freshmen.

Lebo said, "Being our only senior, Ronny certainly had quite a challenge this year, but we are proud of what he has done. I probably haven't seen a transformation in a year like I saw with Ronny in a kid since I have been coaching."

LeMelle also was named the team's top offensive performer and won the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy for his team leadership.

Ronny LeMelle is shown in action vs. Colorado State.

Other award winners on Tuesday night include:

*Guard/forward Rasheem Barrett, who was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team, was named the outstanding defensive player. Barrett averaged 11.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

*Another All-SEC Freshman, point guard Quantez Robertson, was named the team's top playmaker. He finished the season with 130 assists, seven shy of the school freshman record set by Wes Flanigan in 1993-94. Robertson was third in the SEC at 4.6 assists per game and also averaged 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds.

*Sophomore guard Frank Tolbert won AU's sixth man award. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest.

*Freshman forward Korvotne Barber was named the team's top rebounder. He averaged a team-leading 4.8 rebounds per outing to go with 6.8 points and 1.5 blocks.

*Junior guard Brett Howell received the team's academic Achievement Award for the second consecutive year.

*Redshirt guard/forward Quan Prowell and walk-on guard Kerry Harvis shared the team's iron man award for not missing any practices due to injuries.

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