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Former Auburn Tigers Player Passes Away


Some sad news to report today, former Auburn Tigers forward, Korvotney Barber’s body was found in Panama Beach yesterday. The news was originally reported by Fox Sports. The former Tigers star went missing last Saturday evening and the death is being reported as a drowning by Panama City Police. No further information will be known around his death until after an autopsy has been completed.

Barber played four seasons at Auburn and played with tremendous grit and heart. During his senior season, he averaged 12.83 points per game to go along with 9.61 rebounds. He was also named the team’s MVP. As the Tigers’ program has really struggled in the last decade, Barber never had the chance to participate in March Madness but always brought his hardest effort for the Tigers.

While Auburn’s current coach, Tony Barbee did not coach Barber, he did issue a statement on behalf of the school regarding the sad news.

"“The Auburn basketball program is deeply saddened to lose one of its great players in Korvotney `Vot’ Barber,” Barbee said in a statement released through Auburn. “I was fortunate enough to meet Vot just last week when he stopped by my office to introduce himself to me. What an impressive guy. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones.”"

While he did not have the chance to compete in the NBA, Barber was playing professional basketball overseas. His latest adventure had been over in Switzerland with the Lugano Tigers. The forward finished the season averaging a shade over 13 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and was one of the leaders for his team.

Our thoughts go out to Barber’s family in this tragic moment. For what it’s worth, the entire Auburn community, along with all of the college basketball world grieve for the loss of a young man that came far too soon.