Quan On the Prowell For Senior Season

Auburn senior basketball player Quan Prowell and his teammates are preparing for an exhibition series in Mexico

Auburn, Ala.--With three-quarters of a season plus a redshirt year at Auburn under his belt, Quan Prowell will go into his final season with the Auburn basketball Tigers as a player who looks poised to have a strong performance.

The six-foot-eight transfer from Furman started nine games and played in 21 last year after returning from a suspension that caused him to miss 11 games at the beginning of the season. He contributed immediately in his first game vs. Tennessee State in December and put up solid numbers as he averaged 12 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. His scoring average was only a half point behind team leader Josh Dollard.

Prowell hit an even 50 percent from the floor, making 92-184 field goals. He averaged shooting right at three treys per game and made 43.2 percent of them, the best average of any Tiger who saw significant playing time last season. He hit 76.2 percent of his foul shots and finished with 15 blocks.

"I believe I am bigger and stronger than I was last year," Prowell tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We have spent a lot of time in the weight room because we want to be a bigger and stronger team.

"I think we are going to be a whole lot better," says Prowell, whose Tigers finished with a 17-15 mark last season. "We have everybody coming back from last season so we are only going to be better.

"I feel like I am going to be a better player," he adds. "I have spent a lot of time in the gym this summer. I have been working on my all-around game."

Prowell and his teammates are currently involved with on-campus workouts in preparation for an August 8-13 exhibition tour to Cancun, Mexico for three games vs. pro teams. Prowell and fellow Tiger Rasheem Barrett, a junior guard, got a taste of international basketball earlier this year on a goodwill tour of China.

"Playing in China really helped my game," Prowell says. "It showed me how hard I have to work to be a good player. The trip was an excellent experience. It was fun, but it also helped me a lot in basketball.

"The most interesting thing was just playing the game and seeing how the fans embraced us over there," he adds. "We had good crowds at the games and they were all supportive. That was nice. It wasn't like a China vs. America thing. Everybody just came together and supported basketball."

Quan Prowell drives to the basket last season.

The Tigers had a chance to win the SEC West title in the final game of the regular season, but lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds at Ole Miss.

"I think we should get over the hump this year," Prowell says. "When that time comes we will talk about it then, but we are looking forward to doing that."

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