At 6-foot-7 with big time athleticism, Barnett has the tools to be one of the best players in the Midwest. His high school season was a good one, even if the team fell short of their ultimate goal.
"What started off as a season with great expectations of automatic state, we as a team didn't necessarily work hard," said Barnett. "Then we lost a couple of games, and we started to realize how hard you have to work to get to where you want to be. We took it upon ourselves to work hard individually to get better as a team."
He continued, "I feel I got better defensively. My rebounding, blocking shots, and help defense really improved over the season."
When it comes to his recruitment, Barnett has a host of offers from some of the top basketball and academic schools in the country.
During the year Barnett was able to make a trip to Gainesville and check out Florida, and he came away impressed.
"It was cool," said Barnett of the trip. "It is a really big campus, but at the same time it was compact. If I were to go to Florida everything that I would need is in one area. You have classes on one side, then the practice facility, and then the arena, so it is all there, and it is convenient."
He continued, "I got to talk to the coaches and I had good conversations with them. Also I got to meet some of the players and I took a tour of the campus which was really nice. I got to go alligator watching which was pretty cool. Overall it was a great visit."
Being a big time student in the classroom, hearing from Stanford is something Barnett and his family are very excited about.
"That's a huge opportunity, to have an offer from Stanford and Harvard, both of them," said Barnett. "Honestly I haven't talked to (Stanford) all that much, we text back and forth. I wanted to visit up there, but my parents and I haven't been able to work that out around basketball. Stanford is something I definitely want to look at."
One school that hasn't yet offered, but is taking a close look is North Carolina. Roy Williams made the trip to see him, and according to Barnett the Tar Heels will be watching closely this spring.
"I actually didn't have a long conversation with Roy Williams," Barnett explained. "He showed up, the JV had a game and everybody was taking pictures with him and everything, so I didn't talk to him that much. I did have a chance to talk to the assistant beforehand. We had a really good conversation about their interest in me and what they want to see from me when they come out."
For now Barnett and his family have no timeframe for making a decision, but they do have a plan in place for how they want to move forward.
"We just want to get to the point where I can narrow it down to a few schools," said Barnett. "This is a lot being thrown at me so fast, and it is hard to decide where I want to go. I want to take a few more visits and then start the process of eliminating some colleges."