Big Night for Tiger Sophomore

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore Quantez Robertson walked away from the 18th annual Auburn Tipoff Club's Awards Banquet with two arms full of hardware and two ears full of praise from Jeff Lebo and the rest of the Auburn University basketball coaching staff.

Included in the awards was the Most Valuable Player honor for Robertson, who played both guard spots for the Tigers.

"When you define most valuable, it is somebody who you can count on and somebody as a coach you know you need to have in the game because he is a terrific teammate who will constantly go to war every day," Lebo says.

"A couple of guys could have received this award, but as we talked about it as a staff one guy really stands out for his consistency, his toughness, his ability to play long stretches in games and he is a guy who is willing to do anything to win basketball games," Lebo says of Robertson. "He is a guy we all love because of what he means to our basketball program. He is a young man who does everything right. He is a guy we can count on and trust."

In addition to taking home MVP honors, Robertson was also announced as the team's top defensive player, the top playmaker as well as the Iron Man Award for not missing a single minute of games, practices or offseason drills for the entire year. He also won the Iron Tiger Award for his intensity in conditioning workouts.

"It feels good to win the awards, but none of them would have been possible without a lot of help from my teammates," says Robertson, who notes that he is expecting the strongest Auburn team he has played on when the Tigers tip it off to start the 2007-2008 season.

"I am very excited about next season," Robertson says. "I am expecting a lot out of myself and a lot out of the team with everybody coming back."

Quantez Robertson dribbles the ball in Auburn's game vs. Florida in January.

Robertson was the only member of the team who started every game for the Tigers, who finished 17-15. He averaged 8.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. In two seasons he has 293 assists, which is the most for any sophomore in AU history.

He scored a career-high 17 points vs. national champion Florida and set a personal record for single game assists in one of his team's two victories over Alabama.

Other award winners include:

*Junior guard Frank Tolbert received the Lambert/Eagles Award for team leadership and overall performance.

Frank Tolbert celebrates Auburn's victory over Tennessee in January.

*Sophomore forward Korvotney Barber was honored as the team's top rebounder (7.0) and as the field goal percentage leader as he hit 60.7 percent of his shots as well as the most improve player.

*Junior Quan Prowell won the free throw shooting award after hitting 76.2 percent of his shots and shared the Iron Man and Iron Tiger awards with Robertson.

*Sophomore Josh Dollard, who tied Barber for the team rebounding lead at 7.0, shared that honor with Barber.

*Sophomore guard Drew Smith, who has a 3.83 grade point average in pre-medicine, received the Academic Achievement Award.

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