Captain Consistency Far From Satisifed

Comments from junior-to-be Quantez Robertson and Auburn basketball coach Jeff Lebo are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Quantez Robertson says he is looking forward to his Tigers taking another step forward in rebuilding the Auburn basketball program.

As a sophomore guard, Robertson played a major role in helping Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers improve from 12-16 in 2005-2006 to 17-15 this past season. Auburn also improved from 4-12 in the Southeastern Conference to 7-9.

All five starters return for the Tigers and all of the key reserves are expected back for the 2007-2008 season. Robertson notes that he is eager to see what the Tigers can do.

"I am very excited," the 6-3, 190-pounder says. "I am expecting a lot out of myself and the team. With everybody we have coming back we will be a good team and we have a couple of good kids coming in who are going to help us out even more."

Although he wasn't the leading scorer as a sophomore with his average of 8.2 points per contest, Robertson was named the team's most valuable player because of his defense, leadership and ball-handling skills. The lefty led the Tigers in assists with 5.1 per contest and in steals with 1.72 per game.

"Our expectations are to try to win the SEC West like we tried to do this year," says Robertson, whose team just missed that goal on the final road game of the season as the Tigers lost a heartbreaker to Ole Miss. "We even want to the win the overall SEC Championship," he adds.

Robertson says the 2006-2007 season was a step in the right direction, but not a big enough one. "Even though this season turned out to be a winning season, it was a disappointing winning season and we expect to win a lot more games next season."

A player who seems to get more joy out of an assist than scoring himself, Lebo has talked to Robertson about shooting the ball more often. The guard hit 44.2 percent of his field goals and 72.8 percent at the foul line last season and says he will look to improve those numbers.

"I want to be able knock down the open shots when I get the chance," says Robertson, whose role expanded this past season to include shooting guard duties in addition to playing the point. "I want to take more shots and I want to continue to do what I always do--try to get my team into the game and run things on the court."

Lebo says he has never coached a harder worker than Robertson and notes he is looking forward to two more seasons with the left-hander as a key part of the team. After playing with no seniors last year, Lebo notes that he will enjoy seeing a more experienced team when practice starts July 28th as the Tigers prepare for a summer exhibition tournament on the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. "It will be nice to coach guys who have some semblance of what to do," Lebo says.

Quantez Robertson hopes to become a better shooter his final two seasons at AU.

Commenting on Robertson, Lebo says, "We all love Quantez and I think he has made tremendous jumps. He has had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders the past two years and he is certainly ready for more responsibilities. I am sure he will be voted team captain again. One thing you love about what Quantez brings to the team is his consistency. He also brings toughness and effort every single day. I don't expect that to change for the next two years with Tez.

"He is a guy we were able to slide over and play him some at the two (shooting guard) spot at the end of the year last season and he enjoyed doing that," Lebo adds. "We will continue to play him at both guard spots this coming year, also.

"I think he will continue to get better," Lebo says. "He wants to become more consistent as a shooter from the perimeter. His defense on the ball is something he plans to work on this summer. I know he will spend the time working on his game. I think this summer will be big for him, especially shooting the basketball from the perimeter."


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