Prowell's Enjoyed the SEC Competition

Auburn senior Quan Prowell says he is glad he decided to make the move to AU.

Atlanta, Ga.--Transfer players have made big impacts for many teams in the SEC this season, and Auburn is no different. Senior Quan Prowell, who began his college career from Furman University, is leading his underdog Tigers at this week's SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.

Prowell and the Tigers will play in game two on Thursday at the Georgia Dome with tipoff set for 2:15 CDT as they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores.

A star play at Jordan High in Columbus, Ga., Prowell says he always wanted to play for the Tigers, but wasn't offered a scholarship by former AU coach Cliff Ellis.

After being named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and playing again his sophomore season for the Paladins, he decided to make a move up to the SEC and play for the Tigers, who had changed head coaches with Jeff Lebo running the program.

"Well, as far as me, my transfer was a pretty big jump," Prowell says. "It was similar to like a juco jump, but just coming from a smaller DI school to the SEC was big for me. I love it, the competition every night. Every game, there is a good player on every team who can really score, and they've got a good team, chemistry and everything. You know you're not going to just go out and play with any team in the SEC. You've got to bring your "A" game, and it's been great."

Prowell, a 6-8 small forward who can also handle the two guard spot, is playing in what may be his final collegiate game on Tuesday. He has been what Auburn needed him to be this year. He is averaging 15.3 points per game and 19 points per game in his last seven contests even while playing out of position at center.

Prowell says he wants to "go out with a bang" as a senior. "You just don't want to coast it out. You know, it's been tough for us having the season we have been having, but our group of guys, you know, they still have their heads high and we're ready to play, just bringing our "A" game to this tournament and expecting the "A" game from all the rest of the teams. We're just ready to play."

Prowell is not the only transfer who is having a good year in the SEC and leading his team into the conference tournament. Two of the most prominent on other teams are guard Devan Downey from South Carolina and forward Tyler Smith of Tennessee.

"They're having a tremendous year, especially Tyler Smith down in Tennessee, he is doing really good," Prowell says. "Devan Downey, who we recently played, he's doing real good, too. There's a lot of good transfers in the league."

Auburn coach Jeff Lebo says he is impressed with how Prowell is wrapping up his college career and the same sentiment applies to senior Frank Tolbert.

Frank Tolbert has been a four-year contributor for the Tigers.

"I think Quan Prowell has made strides being a consistent kind of player for us in the league," says Lebo, who says that Tolbert has improved that part of his game, too.

"Those two guys have had the most adjustments to make because they are playing completely out of position," the coach adds.

If Auburn, the sixth seed from the SEC West, is going to upset SEC East third seed Vanderbilt in the opening round of the SEC Tournament Lebo will need strong games from his two seniors.

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