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air jordans Bruce Pearl instituting 'cultural changes in workouts'; Chuck Person says Auburn's returning pieces have potential Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, left, and Auburn legend Chuck Person watch as the Auburn women's team takes on Old Dominion Monday, March 24, 2014, during the second round of the WNIT at the Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

-- Early Monday morning, Bruce Pearl took Malcolm Canada aside and issued a challenge."I told Malcolm, 'I want (people) to look and say who is No. 21? That guy wasn t on the roster last year. Can you do that, Malcolm? " Pearl said. "I think he can. I hope he can."Pearl,Monday, has spent his time at Auburn putting the current players through a grueling strength and conditioning program designed to get the team ready to play in his pressing, up-tempo style.Three weeks after he was first hired, Pearl is pleased with the progress so far."During the last two weeks, I think there have been some cultural changes (with) the way we approach practice," Pearl said. "We had a 6 a.m. workout this morning that looked much different than the 6 a.m. workout we had two weeks ago."Pearl has leaned heavily on Auburn's strength and conditioning staff, led by assistant strength and conditioning coach Damon Davis.The key is to get the team ready to play Pearl's up-tempo style.Person, in particular, said on Monday that Auburn's teams under Pearl would never get beat for lack of conditioning.Auburn's newest assistant coach also offered his thoughts on the Tigers' returning players, including the team's two clear leaders, sophomore point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen and leading returning scorer KT Harrell."Definitely you've got a good point guard in Tajh," Person said. "We're going to help him get better and make him more aware of the philosophy we're going to try to play in the system. KT obviously is going to be our returning leading scorer who can really put the ball in the hole."Beyond those two, though, Person believes there's some depth that can contribute next season."We've got Dion Wade, who should be a much better player, along with Jordon Granger," Person said."The pieces we have coming back, they have some capabilities to help us be better, and we are going to be better because we're going to work differently."Pearl and his staff have already implemented a different work ethic.


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