Jeremy Barr Playing Waiting Game

Jeremy Barr is one of the few remaining high-major big men left on the board and he's in no rush to take it off. The Bahamas native and Westbury Christian (Texas) 6-8 1/2 senior has a handful of schools he's considering.

It isn't necessarily that Jeremy Barr is waiting for a particular school or isn't content with his current group of suitors. It's more than he wants to take care of business both on and off the court before he makes a college decision.

``His focus right now is on finishing up school strong academically and also being able to focus on this season," said his guardian, Bahamas native and Olympic two-time bronze medalist Frank Rutherford.

``I'm not really worried about it," Barr said of his decision. "I'm going to wait until the end of the season if I have to. Right now I just want to get better."

The 6-8, 260-pound Barr has only been playing organized basketball for three years since coming to the Houston area from the Bahamas. His rebounding and defense is ahead of him offensive game, but his low-post moves and scoring in the paint is finally starting to catch up to his defense.

``He continues to improve and it's largely due to his great work ethic and God-given ability," Westbury Christian coach Greg Glenn said. "He's been more consistent scoring this year and his feel for the game continues to improve. That's why he has such great upside."

``He's gotten a lot better and continues to improve," said Rutherford, who earned the medals in the triple jump and also starred at the University of Houston. "He's making huge leaps now that he's realized how to use his body, but he's still learning. If he puts it all together, who knows what can happen."

Barr, who is a senior at Westbury Christian (Texas) finished with 16 points and 5 boards in a victory this past weekend against North Broward (Fla.) at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

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Barr's potential and inexperience is part of what has numerous colleges in heavy pursuit. Obviously, his size is a major factor as well.

The four schools Barr mentioned as leaders for his services are USC, Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Colorado. Texas Tech is also in the mix.

``If he was where we want him to be with his academic and basketball goals, he has enough on the table right now when we feel like he could make an intelligent decision and meet his needs," Rutherford said. "It's not as if he's not signing because he's waiting for other schools or anything like that."


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