"It was a very happy day for me and my family when I received my degree," Barber tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am in the first person in my family to graduate from a four-year college."
Barber and walk-on guard Drew Smith picked up their degrees over the weekend in commencement ceremonies at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum where Barber earned second team All-SEC honors as a senior.
The 6-7 forward finished his senior season as the SEC's number two rebounder with an average of 9.6 per game. He led the league in offensive rebounds at 3.7 per game and was fifth in field goal shooting at 54.5 percent. Barber was ninth in blocks at 1.2 per outing and averaged 12.8 points per contest.
Barber's degree is in public administration. "I had a couple of classes that I really liked, but I would probably say my favorite was a history class taught by Dr. (Johnny) Green," he says.
"I matured a lot at Auburn," adds Barber, who came to the campus as a highly-recruited prospect from Manchester, Ga., High School and developed into a major contributor for four seasons.
"From a basketball perspective I had to grow up fast because when I came in we had just one senior on the team," Barber points out. "That helped me both on and off the court."
After picking up his degree, Barber is headed to California to work out at several camps for NBA scouts and scouts from other pro leagues. If the forward doesn't get a chance to play in the NBA, he is hoping to get an opportunity on one of the top teams in Europe.
After the Tigers won 24 games this past season, Barber says that he believes he and his fellow seniors left the program in better shape than it was in when they arrived four years ago. "I think the seniors built a pretty good foundation," he says. "We had a pretty good season and if those guys continue to work hard and stay focused, they can get a lot accomplished next season."