Devils Covet Texas Power Forward

The state of Texas seems to frequently synonymous with the word big. So it is only fitting that Jeremy Barr, who wears a size 23 shoe and has a 7-2 feet wingspan, would reside in the lone star state. ASU is among a slew of school that has been feverously recruiting this 2005 prospect. DevilsDigest sat down with Barr's mentor and talked about how the Sun Devils have been fairing in this recruiting quest.

Jeremy Barr, who moved to Houston from the Bahamas some two years ago, led his Houston Westbury Christian High School team to the 4A private school state championship. The 6-9 255 Barr averaged 15 points and nearly nine boards per game during his junior year.

"He's only been playing basketball for two and half years," said his mentor in Houston Mr. Frank Rutherford. "But when you see him play he looks like he's been playing much longer than that. He has a great upside. He's a big body guy. He benches 650 pounds, and he's only been lifting for nine months. He's a beast."

Despite the fact that Barr had a very solid junior season, Rutherford is far from being content, as he has his sights set very high for Barr. "Jeremy is a tenacious post player," exclaimed Rutherford. "But he needs some more playing time experience so he can be the dominant player he should be. He's a much better offensive player, so we need to work on his defense a lot. He's a great rebounder, but the standard we're seeking is a greater standard. We want him to make it to the NBA, so we want him to become a consistent and dominant player."

"He can face up and shoot the ball," Rutherford continued. "He had nine points a few weeks ago and all those were three point baskets. But he's an overbearing post player. He's a very strong guy, so once he posts you up there's no way around him. He plays against a lot of pro guys, and does very well against them."

Barr, who plays for the AAU team Houston Hoops, has 25 scholarship offers. Rutherford listed Michigan State, Texas Tech, Miami, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, and Georgia Tech as some of the main schools in that list of 25.

Rutherford mentioned that ASU has been recruiting Barr early on, and listed some of the aspects that appeal to him concerning the Sun Devils. "They're in Jeremy's top seven," he said. "I think highly of coach Evans and the other coaches there. Being a warm weather school is a plus. Arizona State has an advantage over some schools because they have a player like Ike Diogu, which I compare Jeremy to. I saw what the Arizona State coaches were able to do with Diogu. His success is a big reason why we're looking at Arizona State." Rutherford added that he was confident that if Barr was playing at ASU "They won't miss a beat after Diogu leaves."

Rutherford said that he's seriously considering ASU as one of his five official trips. However, Barr has no visits currently planned, nor did he take any thus far. When asked what factors are important to him when helping Barr choose a college, he replied: "We're obviously looking for the best situation and the best fit for Jeremy. We want him to go to a team where he'll be a big part of the school is doing, and a team that will sharpen his skills. Being that he's from the Bahamas, playing far away from Texas won't be an issue."

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