Interest picks up for Barnette

Following a strong junior season, Taylor Barnette picked up a few scholarship offers, received a visit at his school by Travis Ford and developed some new interest.

Shooters are at a premium in college basketball. So the increased recruiting interest for Lexington (Ky.) Christian standout Taylor Barnette isn't a surprise.

As a junior, Barnette averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per outing, while shooting 44-percent from the field and 36-percent from behind the three-point stripe.

"I think it went pretty well," Barnette said of his year. "It started off a little slow and then we got things going. I ended up being All-City. I was the only junior to do that."

Barnette is known for his ability to shoot the ball from three, but he's made considerable improvements to his ball handling and mid-range game.

"I shoot the ball pretty well," Barnette said. "I have a pretty good mid-range game. I like to think I'm a pretty good passer. I'm a true three-point shooter. I like to come off screens and I see the court the well.

Up to this point, Barnette, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, has scholarship offers from Belmont, Lipscomb, Liberty, James Madison, LeHigh, Samford and Navy.

He also has interest from Oklahoma State, Stanford, Princeton, Notre Dame, Virginia, Richmond, Elon, UNC-Wilmington, Kennesaw State, Jacksonville, Murray State, Oregon State, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, George Mason, Northeastern and Miami.

Barnette has taken unofficial visits to Belmont, Lipscomb, Xavier, Miami-Ohio and Eastern Kentucky and he's hoping to take a few more in the near future.

"I'm going to visit every school that I can and the ones that seem most interested," he said.

Barnette, who plays with the Nashville Celtics on the AAU circuit, is planning to play out the summer and possibly by the end of July or early in his senior year make his college choice.

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