Former Tigers Returning For Florida Game

Auburn, Ala.--In addition to Saturday's matchup between No. 1 ranked Florida and the Auburn Tigers, fans can check out more basketball action at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Auburn will have its second Legends Game featuring players from AU previous teams. The coliseum gates open at 1:15 p.m. and the tipoff for the game between the Gators and Tigers is 4 p.m. Fans must have a ticket to the 4 p.m. game to watch the Legends contest.

Auburn coach Jeff Lebo and his staff have been working the past couple of seasons to get former basketball players more involved in their third-year program. Players who made the trip to AU last year for the original Legends Weekend gave the event good reviews.

Lebo says he was pleased with the way last season's event worked out and noted then he hoped to make it an annual event.

"We did it last year and it was a lot of fun," Lebo says. "We have got a load of them (former players) coming back. The Legends Game last year was fun to watch. I got a chance to peek in there and get jealous of how Wesley Person shoots the ball from about 30 (feet). It is fun."

Person, the former Tiger and NBA sharpshooter from Brantley, hit 8-8 threes in last year's game and put on a big show along with former Tiger standout Aaron Swinson, who had just returned from a lucrative pro career playing in Europe. Person is expected to make an encore performance on Saturday.

Wesley Person

"It is fun for the guys who come back," Lebo says. "They are going to eat a pre-game meal with us with our players and just to have them feel part of the program is big. We are going to have a little party for them after practice on Friday."

Although most of the former Tigers plan to just watch the Legends Game, players like Franklin Williams, Ronnie Battle, Nathan Watson, Aubrey Wiley, Keenan Carpenter and others are expected to play some hoops on Saturday.

The former Tigers will be available for autographs after the game in the concourse at Section 38 of the coliseum.

Fans will have additional incentive to get to the coliseum early with the first 5,000 receiving AU knit caps.


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