AU The Early Leader For 2005 Basketball Prospect

This small forward prospect for the 2005 basketball recruiting class has Auburn at the top of his list.

Atlanta, Ga.--The Georgia Stars have been one of the top teams traveling the country this summer on the AAU circuit. Loaded with perimeter weapons, physical wing Rasheem Barrett (6-4 1/2, 210 pounds) has had to just sit and watch since early April after spraining his ankle during the Boo Williams Tournament championship run.

"Everything's going well," the 2005 small forward prospect out of Marist High School (Atlanta) said. "My ankle is feeling better. I should play in New Orleans (at the Nike Memorial Day Classic May 29-31)."

Sitting out has been tough for Barrett, and he's ready to get back on the floor.

An aggressive, defensive-minded wing, Barrett fits in well on the Stars' roster with offensive weapons Louis Williams and Billy Humphrey, and he has been drawing attention from most of the ACC and SEC, with one school from the Midwest making his top five.

Barrett has been receiving the most mail from Auburn, Marquette, North Carolina State, and in state schools, Georgia and Georgia Tech, but has yet to receive any offers.

While his stock hasn't been on the rise while sitting on the sidelines, it hasn't stopped either and Barrett says that a school which just recently began to show him attention is leading for his services. "Auburn," Barrett said when asked about his leader. "They started recruiting me (after the arrival of new head coach Jeff Lebo),"

Look for his recruiting picture to start rounding into shape, and some offers to start coming in once Barrett returns to action.

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