Jump shot opens up Barber's game

One of the top lead guards in the 2013 class -- Anthony Barber -- said the addition of a jump shot to his game has helped him progress as a player.

It didn't take Anthony Barber to build his national profile this spring.

Playing with Boo Williams, one of the premier AAU programs in the country, Barber, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Hampton (Va.) High, has been one of the most impressive standouts on the circuit.

But his improvements and rise to the scene shouldn't be a major surprise considering the upgrades he's made to his game in the past year.

"He's a bright kid that will listen and do what you tell him," Hampton coach Walter Brower told Scout.com.

"He's been with me for two years and I told him we had to work on the jump shot and he went from 14 points a game as a freshman to 21.8 as a sophomore," Brower continued.

Barber said the development of his shot has changed his game. Early in his career it was all about his speed, now he's tougher to guard.

"People always tell me that they hate checking me because of my speed," Barber recalled.

"After practice I just get in the gym and get up a lot of shots and I started hitting shots in the game," he added. "Now people don't know if they should play off me or on me because I can shoot the ball well since I've been working on that."

Among the programs already showing strong interest are Virginia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State and LSU.

"Virginia Tech has done more recruiting with him than anybody else," Brower said when asked about Barber's recruitment.

With that said, Barber isn't rushing his college decision. In fact, he doesn't have a clear timetable on his when he'll come up with his college choice.

"I'm just feeling it out right now," Barber said. "I think around my junior year or senior year I'll figure out where I want to go."

A four-star prospect, Barber is ranked No. 21 overall in the class of 2013 and checks in at No. 3 on the point guard list.


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