Former Auburn F Korvotney Barber dead after apparent drowning

Former Auburn basketball player Korvotney Barber was found dead Sunday after apparently drowning in Florida, officials told the Associated Press.

Barber, 26, was found Sunday afternoon at 3:49 p.m. near condominiums on the shoreline in Panama City Beach, according to local authorities. A medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death, though police believe Barber drowned. Barber had been missing since around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Barber, who played at Auburn from 2005-09, was the second McDonald's All-American in the program's history. He averaged 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds over the course of his college career.

Auburn coach Tony Barbee, who didn't coach Barber, tweeted this Sunday:

In a formal statement Sunday, Barbee added, "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."

Barber was All-SEC second team during his final season in 2008-09. "Vot," as he was known to friends, played overseas for two years, most recently this spring with the Lugano Tigers of Switzerland.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastatingly tragic and untimely death of Korvotney Barber," Auburn athletic 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."

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