2006 Focus: Kimmani Barrett

Kimmani Barrett isn't a guy who gets talked about a whole lot, especially with the abundance of talent in New Jersey nowadays. That could change in a hurry.

The talk centers around guys like Lance Thomas, Derrick Caracter, Brian Zoubek and Earl Clark when the subject of elite players in the New Jersey comes up. One name that may end up being added to that list is that of Kimmani Barrett.

The 6-6, 190-pound Paterson Catholic (N.J.) small forward put up 19.4 points per game and 7 rebounds this season. His athleticism and versatility are what sets his game apart.

``He's like ether," Playaz Basketball Club coach Jimmy Salmon said. "He's odorless and tasteless, but he has a deadly effect. He's so far under the radar that nobody knows about him. He's the most underrated player in the east."

Paterson Catholic (19-4) was upset a few days ago by Passaic in the county title game, but Barrett & Co. will get redemption in the state playoffs.

Barrett was born in Jamaica, but has lived most of his life in northern New Jersey. He's a 3.0 student who will look primarily at style of play when choosing a college.

Right now Barrett lists Seton Hall, Miami, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Illinois and Georgetown – but one school stands out.

``Georgia Tech," he said. "They play my kind of game, up and down."

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