AU’s Barber Dies of Apparent Drowning

The Auburn athletics family is mourning the loss of one of its own following the death of former Tigers basketball player Korvotney Barber at the too-young age of 26.

Barber’s body was found in Panama City Beach, FL, on Sunday, with local police believing the cause of death to be drowning. He was first reported missing at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday — a day when swimming was not allowed on the beach because of hazardous conditions.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastatingly tragic and untimely death of Korvotney Barber,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said in a statement Sunday. “The Auburn Family remembers Vot as a relentless competitor with the heart of a champion. More importantly, those who knew him best remember him as a caring father who deeply loved his children and his family.”

One of two McDonald’s All-Americans to sign with and play at Auburn, Barber was a Second Team All-SEC performer as a senior in 2008–2009. He most recently played for Switzerland’s Lugano Tigers, averaging 13.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG in 36 games this past season. Korvotney Barber profile


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