October 15, 2008

Barber excited about senior season

Korvotney Barber was hoping to return this year as a junior. But after the NCAA denied his request for an extra season of eligibility, the Auburn power forward plans to make the most of his senior season.

"I'm very excited about the new season," Barber said. "We have a good group of guys in. All the guys, they listen real well. They're coachable, they're real coachable.

"I just think we have a lot of work to do from last year. I know we had a pretty bad season last year because we had injuries and players being eligible and all kinds of stuff, but I think this season is going to be a pretty good season."

Auburn finished 14-16 overall and 4-12 in the SEC last season. The preseason suspension of forward Josh Dollard and the broken wrist suffered by Barber six minutes into the 10th game of the season against Towson contributed to the team falling well below expectations.

Barber said he's fully healed from his surgery and has been working hard in the offseason to improve his game, especially his jump shot and free throw shooting.

Head coach Jeff Lebo said a healthy Barber brings a lot to the table for the Tigers.

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