Lebo Being Cautious With Veteran Player

Auburn senior Rasheem Barrett is off to a slow start in preseason drills due to an injury.

Auburn, Ala.--With 68 games of college starting experience under his belt, Rasheem Barrett can probably afford to miss some preseason practice.

The six-foot-five, 220-pound senior guard/forward for Coach Jeff Lebo's Auburn basketball team returned to practice on Monday after missing time with an injury.

"Rasheem had a very nasty groin pop," Lebo tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Monday was the first day he could really do some dummy stuff in practice. We have had a couple guys miss a day or two, but everybody else has been practicing.

"Rasheem was in some of the non-contact stuff today," Lebo adds. "Hopefully, we can slide him in for some of the contact stuff after we check with the trainer and see how he is doing."

Barrett averaged 13.6 points and 4.0 per game last season, up from his averages of 11.0 points per contest and 3.9 rebounds his sophomore year. As a freshman, the former Marist star from Atlanta averaged 11.1 points and 3.0 rebounds.

"You have to be careful with those things because they can nag you into the season," Lebo says of the senior's groin injury. "We have taken some extra precautions. Rasheem has been terrific about getting in and getting treatment several times a day. He is really ahead of schedule right now."

Rasheem Barrett shots a jumper vs. Alabama.

Barrett is one of three seniors the Auburn coach will be relying on for leadership on and off the court this season. Forward Korvotney Barber is back and is full speed after a wrist injury ended his 2007-2008 season in game 10. Quantez Robertson, the ironman of Auburn basketball who seldom leaves the game, is back at guard.

Commenting on the seniors, Lebo says, "They have been great, which has been nice to see. Korvotney Barber has been terrific in every practice. It is so different looking at a senior who has been through it before for three seasons. Rasheem hasn't been out here much. Of course with Quantez, you know what you are going to get every day."

The Tigers will play an exhibition game at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7th vs. Morehouse and will open their regular season a week later with a home game vs. Missouri State.

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