AUBURN - Freshman Jordan Price still has lots to learn about playing college basketball. But he already knows how to score.
Jordan Price was named SEC Freshman of the Week/Todd Van Emst photo
As the Tigers broke out of a three-game losing streak with victories over Grambling and Furman, Price was 8-for-8 on 3-point shots. He scored 14 points in each game and was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.
"It was all my teammates and my coaches," Price said. "They set up the plays and got me the ball. I am just happy to be on the team and be able to produce for the team. It has been a lot of practice and working with my teammates and coaches, and I am getting more comfortable as the games go by.”
Price will take aim at Tennessee Tech (6-4) tonight as the Tigers (4-5) go for their third consecutive victory and try to get back to .500 for the season. Auburn coach Tony Barbee says he's eager for the rest of Price's game to catch up with his offense.
"Jordan Price has a chance to be a really good player here in his career, but his intensity level has to come from down here to way, way up here," Barbee said, gesturing with his hands. "We need it in a hurry. He's working on it. He's going to be good offensively because he can make shots. I need his defense, intensity, toughness, all that stuff to be better for us. He's like a typical freshman. He's going to be really good one day and the next day you are going to wonder what happened to him."
Tennessee Tech will present a different kind of challenge tonight. The Golden Eagles don't have a starter taller than 6-foot-7. Senior Jud Dillard, a 6-foot-5 guard, averages 18.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
“Tennessee Tech is a good team,” Barbee said. “They played well at some tough places to play. They are very similar to the Furman team we played the other night in that they have guys who can shoot it from multiple positions, so we are going to have to guard the three-point line very, very well.
“Unlike Furman, they have a guy in Dillard who is averaging 19 points a game and is capable of going off for 30. They have an individual talent who can take over a game, so we are going to have to pay attention to him and make the game hard on him."
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