Head Coach Q&As: Auburn's Jeff Lebo

September 26th, 2008
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CollegeHoops.net is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.


Jeff  Lebo: Auburn

We continue this month long Q&A Series with fifth year Auburn coach Jeff Lebo, whose looking to lead the Tigers back to the Big Dance for the first time since 2003. Coach Lebo was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions for CollegeHoops.net:



CollegeHoops.net) What will be the best strength of this year's team?


Jeff Lebo) The one thing we were disappointed in last year with the way it happened with the injuries was that we didn't have our best players out there. The other thing that hurt us more than anything was not being able to simulate a lot of practice competition and having the kids on an edge a little bit when they came everyday to work. So, we'll have competition for spots and playing time and that makes it certainly a much better environment for them to get better.


CHN) Who are the best leaders on this year's squad?


JL) Quantez Robertson is our leader.  He has started every game for three years and is as solid as anybody.  He is among our all-time assist leaders.


CHN) What's the best arena you visit during the year?


JL) The one great thing about the SEC is the arenas are all homecourt advantages.  Everywhere we go, it is loud and packed. 


CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?


JL) We have a lot of new faces, and I think that we have some good, experienced guys back.  Our team being healthy is going to be one thing. Korvotney Barber is going to be someone we count on a bunch this year to have a good year, and we think if we can get some of the newcomers to mesh in with some of the guys we have returning, we should be fine. We lost two very good players in Frank Tolbert and Quan Prowell, who played a lot of minutes for us and scored a lot of points for us, got a lot of rebounds and made key plays for us.  So, those guys will be missed.


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