Body of former Auburn basketball star found in Panama City - WRBL

Body of former Auburn basketball star found in Panama City

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -

Former Auburn Basketball Player Korvotney "Vot" Barber drowned in Panama City Beach, Florida over the weekend.

Officials said a passerby found the 26-year-old's body this afternoon after he went missing yesterday evening. He was discovered between Boardwalk Beach Resort Condominiums and Top of the Gulf condos.

Barber, who is from Manchester, Georgia, spent four seasons with the Tigers from 2005-to-2009 averaging 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds during his career there. He was only the second McDonald's All-American signed by the Tiger and was the only SEC player to average a double-double in league play as a senior.

Current Auburn coach Tony Barbee recently met Barber and said he was impressed with the young man. "The Auburn basketball program is deeply saddened to lose one 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."

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said those close to Barber "remember him as a caring father who deeply loved his children and his family…We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastatingly tragic and untimely death of Korvotney Barber."

According to Auburn University's website, after school Barber went on to play oversees, including France, Turkey and Switzerland, averaging 13.2 points per game.

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