The Word on Vot Is Not What He Wanted to Hear

An update on the status of one of Auburn's top basketball players is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn basketball forward Korvotney Barber got bad news from an NCAA committee on Wednesday that his appeal for a medical hardship for the 2007-2008 season has been denied.

That means Barber will be a senior in eligibility this season for Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers.

Barber was injured in the opening minutes of Auburn's 10th game last season and lost for the rest of the season. If the injury had come in game nine, he would have been eligible for the redshirt.

Barber hit 72 percent of his field goals last season and was 20-47 at the foul line. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and had 13 blocked shots and eight steals.

As a sophomore he averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Tigers, up from 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds as a freshman.

Korvotney Barber will be one of Auburn's top players this season.

Barber broke a bone in his left hand three minutes into Auburn's victory over Towson State on Dec. 29th last season. Lebo notes he was really hoping to have Barber back in the lineup for two more seasons and adds that his forward really wanted the extra year of eligibility to continue his development as a player for the Tigers.

"When Vot got hurt last year, he was leading the country in field goal percentage," Lebo says. "When you get it in there (to Barber on the low block) usually good things happen, and we got it in there to him."


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