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Cam Newton, Auburn basketball player? Tony Barbee has dreamed about it

Jul 10, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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A man can dream, right?

In a piece dug up by Nick Fasulo over at SB Nation, Auburn head coach Tony Barbee pondered the idea of Cam Newton the basketball player.

“He might be bigger than anybody I have on my team,” Barbee said back in 2010.

A reporter then probed a bit. Has Barbee ever seen Newton play basketball?

“I don’t need to,” he said. “As fast as he is and as athletic as he is, I’ll find a way to use him.”

Of course, Cam Newton was on his way to a national title at Auburn during that season, probably with the school’s basketball team one of the farthest things from his mind.

But, if you will, just imagine Newton the basketball player. Now 6-5, 248 pounds, Newton could be a force at the small forward position. Though undersized height-wise, think of a space-eater down low and a willing rebounder.

Auburn wouldn’t mind bringing Newton in for this upcoming season (if that could ever be possible), having finished 2011-12 with a 15-16 record, including 5-11 in the SEC.

There is hope, though.

Barbee is bringing in a six-man 2012 recruiting class, led by guard Jordan Price and high-flying forward Shaquille Johnson.

If it’s athleticism Barbee was recruiting for, Johnson has it. Check out this video. We could have another Tony Mitchell on our hands.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. alabamacowboy - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    My senior year in HS, I played against Cam’s team, Westlake-Atlanta. He was a sophomore then, but he came off the bench and played pretty well. He was big then, probably 6-4 220, but his team had a couple of older guys that were 6-6 or taller. They beat us by 5 points, and my high school team went on to win the state championship in Alabama. I also went to college at Auburn, and ended up being pretty cool with Cam, and played a lot of pickup basketball with him. The guy can play. He’s a freak athlete. I’m not saying he’s NBA material or anything, but he would get minutes at any D-1 school. He definitely would have started for Auburn. Then again, almost anybody can start for Auburn.

  2. skids003 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Easy, coach Barbee. Pay his daddy, he would play for you.

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