Lebo's Tigers Begin Practice on Sunday

Auburn, Ala.--The first foreign exhibition tour of the Jeff Lebo Era is scheduled for August 8-13 when the Tigers head south of the border to play three exhibition basketball games against Mexican professional teams.

Auburn's last foreign tour was to Spain in 2001. The first was to Israel in 1973 and in 1997 the Tigers played games in Holland.

The Tigers, who were originally scheduled to play in a tournament on the French island of Guadeloupe, had a change of plans due to logistics issues with making the previously scheduled trip.

Lebo will put his Tigers through practice on campus beginning on Sunday before his Tigers fly to Cancun, Mexico for six days of basketball and sightseeing. Lebo says the extra practice time before the trip may be of more benefit to the 2007-2008 Tigers than the games themselves in Mexico.

The Auburn coach, who says he is expecting to have his best team during his Auburn tenure, notes that he decided to wait until this summer to take a foreign basketball tour because he believes the 2007-2008 team will get more benefit from the extra games and practice time than the last two AU teams would have.

"We have a higher expectation level for this year in a very difficult league," he says. "It is exciting to finally have a team that is going to have seniors and some juniors, and guys who have been through the wars and have a little bit more experience. I sit here a little bit more comfortable than I did in the past."

The Tigers will return all of their key players from last season. The group includes junior point guard Quantez Robertson, senior forward Quan Prowell, junior guard Rasheem Barrett, senior guard Frank Tolbert, junior forward Korvotney Barber, sophomore guard DeWayne Reed and senior guard Archie Miaway.

Five returning Tigers averaged double figures in scoring last year led by Dollard at 12.5 points per game followed by Prowell (12.0), Tolbert (11.8), Barber (11.3) and Barrett (11.0)

Korvtoney Barber goes to the basket in the first of Auburn's two victories over Alabama last season.

"We will get a good feel of what kind of style we are going to play," says Lebo. "We have 10 days of practice and will play a couple of games to see how some of the guys who maybe didn't play a lot last year perform. We will get a chance to play, and we will see how they fit in." That group includes sophomores Lucas Hargrove and and Matt Heramb.

"We like to play fast, and we like to use our depth," Lebo says. "When you get into a long year, we like to have guys fresh at the end of the year because that is when you have to be playing your best."

The Tigers will also do some sightseeing with trips planned to Tulum, the ruins of a Mayan city and the Isla de Mujeres.

Auburn posted a 17-15 record last season and the Tigers were 7-9 in conference games.

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