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Report: Student banned from Auburn Arena for xenophobic remark

An Auburn student has been banned from Auburn Arena after shouting a xenophobic comment at Tennessee freshman Santiago Vescovi on Saturday during the Tigers' 73-66 win over the Volunteers, according to AL.com. The now-banned student was identified and escorted out of the arena by officials shortly after the incident took place, per the report.

“Go back to Uruguay; this is America,” the student could be heard shouting toward Vescovi during the CBS television broadcast of the game. The Volunteers guard is a native of Montevideo, Uruguay.

The student did not have his identity disclosed, per the report.

Vescovi had 10 points and three assists in the loss to the No. 13 Tigers. He entered Saturday averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the Volunteers.

Tennessee led by as much as 15 in the second half on Saturday, but was unable to close the deal. Auburn used an 18-0 run in the second half en route to recording a seven-point win in comeback fashion.

As a recruit, Vescovi had a three-star rating, per the 247Sports Composite.

The 6-foot-3 Uruguayan has established himself as one of the SEC’s best freshmen, and the hope from Tennessee’s end is that he’ll be an even more dynamic player after spending a full offseason with strength coach Garrett Medenwald — who has spent the past few years completely transforming the bodies of several players. Barnes wants Vescovi to play faster on both ends of the floor, and being in better shape is the first step in that process.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has said several times that Vescovi’s story this season has been a “remarkable” one, and he’s got a point there. The January enrollee has helped keep the Vols afloat in the aftermath of Lamonte Turner’s season-ending shoulder surgery.

Barnes’ system is a demanding one for point guards on both ends of the floor, but Vescovi — who should be a high school senior — has exceeded any reasonable expectation in that role, especially considering how freely he still admits he’s not in ideal (SEC-level) shape.

 

 

 

 

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