Malone Hoping to Contribute As a Freshman

Incoming Auburn hoops freshman Andre Malone discusses adjusting to college life and other subjects.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo was known as a long-range shooter as a collegiate standout at the University of North Carolina and as head coach of the Auburn Tigers he believes in the importance of the three-point shot.

Andre Malone, a member of Lebo's 2009 signee class, is expected to be a player who will be a threat behind the three-point line this season for the Tigers.

"One of the main reasons I came to Auburn is so I could play for Coach Lebo," Malone tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Malone arrived in Auburn last month to go through pre-college counseling and begin taking summer session classes. He is also doing strength and conditioning workouts with his new teammates and getting to know the players and coaches.

"Right now I am just happy to be here as part of the Auburn Family," he says. "The whole team has taken me under their arms and they are showing me the ropes on how to do things. They have told me to be sure you go to class on time--don't be late for anything--and be a good example for Auburn University."

Malone says he is glad he was able to come to classes this summer and get an early start. He is taking a course called the university experience, a theater class and a class entitled critical reading.

He notes that he currently stands at six-foot-five, 209 pounds. "I have gained five pounds this summer," he says, noting that he is working on gaining both weight and strength. "My conditioning is getting better," he adds.

A versatile player, he is expected to be able to contribute at the shooting guard position as well as small forward. "Coach Lebo wants me to play the two and three so that is what I have been working on," he says.

Malone had a memorable finish to his high school basketball career at South Atlanta High School. His team won the state title and Malone followed that with a strong performance in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game in Savannah.

"The all-star game was fun," he says. "I played real well and gave it my all in my last high school game."

Winning the state title as a senior is special, he points out. "It is a great feeling. I look at that (championship) ring every day. I need some more of those."

Andre Malone is shown following a conditioning workout on the Auburn campus.

Malone says he believes coming into campus early and participating in Camp War Eagle and other programs was a good idea. He says that he will be better prepared for fall semester classes that begin in August.

As he heads into his first collegiate season, Malone notes that he hasn't set any goals on points, rebounds or similar stats, but he has thought about that subject. "My goals are to be the best player I can be and make it to the NCAA Tournament. They had a good team last year. We want to try to get better every year."

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