"It was very tough not playing in my last year of high school," Barry acknowledged. "I love the game so much and I haven't played it since February (of 2009). I really wanted to help my high school team. It was huge surprise when they (the California Interscholastic Federation) told me I couldn't play and the stuff they said about me wasn't true.
"I just kept working out and I think I worked harder than anyone else on the team. I was disappointed but I was also very focused on basketball. I think it made me a better player and a stronger person. I really improved on all my skills, but I feel I'm quicker and I'm a better shooter this year."
The forward's performance in the AAU circuit, playing for the YBA Dawgs, garnered heavy attention, and has attracted the Sun Devils along with other suitors.
"Arizona State has been recruiting me for a month or two," Barry commented. "Coach Smith and Coach Taylor have been recruiting me and I also talk to Coach Sendek. I knew about Arizona State because I like James Harden. I haven't been to the campus but I saw online that it's a very big and nice school. It also had a very good business school and that's what I want to study.
"The coaches told me that they used to play slower, but now they want to play faster and that's what I need. The coaches said they like how I can do a lot of different things in the game. I'm an athletic player and I also run track in the 400 meters and high jump for my high school."
Barry visited UCLA earlier this month and will venture to both ASU and St. John's in the middle of June, at dates that will be determined later.
"UCLA is a very good school and they have coaches that can make you better," Barry said. "St. John's is a great basketball school and Coach Lavin used to coach at UCLA and has hired very good assistants. I like all three schools the same."
Even though you would expect a prospect such as Barry to yearn for a quick decision regarding his basketball future, the forward isn't overly anxious and claimed that he has no intentions to pledge and ultimately sign with any school until he completes all three of his visits.
"I'm going to commit by the end of June," Barry stated. "I want to make sure that I'm making the right decision, finding a school I feel comfortable with and talk it over with my people. I want to go to a school that has a nice campus where people treat you well. It doesn't matter to me where I go to school because I traveled a lot. My home is France so anywhere I play is away from home."