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April 16, 2008

Prowell, Robertson named co-MVP's

Senior Quan Prowell and junior Quantez Robertson were named co-Most Valuable Players at the 19th annual Auburn Basketball Awards Banquet Wednesday at the Hotel at Auburn University and the pair combined for eight awards.

Prowell was selected the Outstanding Offensive Player, Outstanding Rebounder and received the Iron Tiger Award. He averaged a team-high 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the foul line.

The Columbus, Ga., native ranked 16th in the SEC in both points and rebounds and ranked seventh in the league in field goal percentage and 17th with 32.52 minutes played per game. He scored a career-high 31 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting at Mississippi State Feb. 27 to go along with eight rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.

Robertson garnered the Playmaker Award for the third straight year as well as the Outstanding Defensive Player and the Iron Man Award for the second consecutive time for both. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native averaged 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 41 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the foul line.

He led the SEC with 37.5 minutes played, ranked second in the league in steals, second with a 2.30 assist/turnover ratio and eighth in assists.

Robertson, who started all 90 games of his collegiate career, scored a season-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and four steals vs. Mississippi State and played 37 or more minutes in 23 games this year. He played all 40 minutes in 10 games.

For the second consecutive year, junior Frank Tolbert received the Lambert/Eagles Award. It is given in memory of Auburn's 15th head basketball coach, Paul Lambert, who died in a hotel fire June 6, 1978, in Columbus, Ga., and Tommy Joe Eagles, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack July 30, 1994, two months after becoming the head coach at New Orleans.

Tolbert averaged 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the foul line. The River Falls, Ala., native had 66 floor burns on the season equalling the number for the rest of the entire Auburn team combined.

Finishing 17th on Auburn's all-time scoring chart with 1,242 career points, Tolbert scored a career-high 32 points, including 26 in the second half, at No. 18 Vanderbilt and had eight rebounds. He scored a then career-high 29 points, making 9-of-11 field goals vs. No. 15 Ole Miss.

Junior Drew Smith and sophomore Ryan Brooks both received the Academic Achievement Awards while junior Rasheem Barrett received a plaque for being named SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 19-26, 2007, as he scored 25 points on 10-of-13 made field goals at Charleston Southern. He also totaled four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

Barrett and Tolbert were both presented painted basketballs for joining Auburn's 1,000-point club. Tolbert eclipsed the mark with 16 points in Auburn's 74-67 win at LSU on Jan. 16 while Barrett became the 30th member of the club with 10 points in the Tigers' 88-76 win vs. Alabama on Feb. 24.

Auburn finished with a 14-16 record overall (4-12 SEC) but was 8-2 when it lost junior starting power forward Korvotney Barber with a broken left hand in the sixth minute of the Towson game on Dec. 29. He was leading the nation shooting 72.0 percent from the field at the time of his injury. Auburn's players, including Barber, Prowell, Josh Dollard, Lucas Hargrove, Boubacar Sylla and Archie Miaway, missed a combined 4,733 minutes on the season.


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