Change of Venue For Basketball Trip

The Auburn men's basketball team has changed its plans for a summer tour.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's plans to take a summer basketball trip to the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe have been cancelled, but that doesn't mean Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers won't be making a foreign exhibition tour.

Instead making the trip to the French-owned island, the Tigers will head southwest to Mexico to the resort town of Cancun from August 8-13th where will they will play exhibition games vs. Mexican professional teams.

"We still will have our 10 days of practice before we leave and we are going to Mexico about the same time as the previous trip," Lebo tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "There is just one day difference."

Lebo says he doesn't have a scouting report on the competition the Tigers will face in Mexico. "We will play three games and that is about all I know," he says. "I don't know how good they will be. We will find out when we get down there."

The Auburn coach says one of the major benefits of playing the summer exhibition games is the extra practice time the Tigers will have before the trip. "We have 10 days of practice here in Auburn at the end of July and the beginning of August before we go," he says. "They will give us a nice head start on the season.

"There is going to be a lot of work involved in this, but there is also going to be some fun, too," the coach notes. "It is another way to take the kids someplace that most of them have never been and play the game of basketball. It is a chance for us to get better as a team and bond as a unit. This is a great year for us to do it because we have so many kids coming back."

NCAA rules prohibit incoming freshmen or juco transfers from making the summer foreign tours, which means that AU signees Tyrell Lynch, a 6-8 power forward, and 7-1 center Boubacar Sylla won't be able to participate.

The Tigers will feature four returning players who averaged double figures in scoring. Forward Josh Dollard, who will be a junior next season, averaged a team-leading 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Quan Prowell was a key player for the Tigers last season.

Forward Quan Prowell averaged 11.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in his first season of action for the Tigers after transferring from Furman and sitting out one season as a redshirt. The forward will be a senior this season. He played on a traveling team in China earlier this month and was the leading scorer.

Guard Frank Tolbert, who will be a senior next season, averaged 11.6 points per game. Rasheem Barrett, a guard/forward, averaged 10.1 points per game as a sophomore. He joined Prowell on the tour of China.

AU's leading rebounder, forward Korvotney Barber, will be back as a junior after averaging 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.

Quantez Robertson, who led the Tigers with five assists per game, averaged 8.2 points and 5.0 assists as a sophomore.


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