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COLLEGE HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Former Auburn star Barber dies by drowning in Fla.; Georgia Tech adds Tennessee transfer Golden

Korvotney Barber, who was from Manchester, Ga., averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds for Auburn from 2005-09.

Korvotney Barber, who was from Manchester, Ga., averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds for Auburn from 2005-09.

Former Auburn University basketball player Korvotney Barber died Saturday night, apparently of an accidental drowning, according to Panama City Beach, Fla., police. He was 26.

Barber reportedly went swimming Saturday evening, and he subsequently was reported missing. His body was found at 3:49 p.m. on Sunday, Panama City Beach Police said.

According to the Birmingham News, swimming was not allowed Saturday in the area where Barber went missing due to 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. “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. Korvotney’s family and friends will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this profoundly sad time.”

Barber, who was from Manchester, Ga., averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds for Auburn from 2005-09. As a senior, he made the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team while averaging 12.8 points and 9.6 rebounds.

The last two years, Barber played pro ball overseas, most recently for a team in Lugano, Switzerland.


Tenn. star Golden transfers to Ga. Tech

ATLANTA — Trae Golden, a two-year starter at Tennessee, has decided to transfer to Georgia Tech and join the Yellow Jackets' basketball program, head coach Brian Gregory announced recently.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Golden, who hails from Powder Springs and attended McEachern High School, played in 96 games, starting 58, during the last three seasons for the Volunteers. He has career averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds, shooting 39.7 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from three-point range.

With one year of eligibility remaining, Golden chose to complete it closer to home for family reasons. Georgia Tech will apply for a waiver from the NCAA for an exception to the year-in-residency requirement.

Last season, Golden started 24 of 31 games, missing two games due to injury, and averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists, earning Second-Team all-SEC recognition from ESPN.com's Jason King. He posted career-high averages of 13.6 points, 4.5 assists, 43.9 percent floor shooting and 38.8 percent on threes as a sophomore in 2011-12.