Barr signed scholarship papers with Southern Cal instead of the Red Raiders. In the end, it was a tough blow for Tech, especially assistant coach Chris Beard who had worked Barr thoroughly and secured the pledge earlier this month.
"Coming closer down to the end, a couple nights ago, when I was doing some thinking on my own and comparing USC to Texas Tech I saw that they had a few similarities and a few differences," Barr said. "I looked closely and saw that USC was going to be a better fit for me."
How in the world did the Trojans turn this one around? "They caught me by surprise when they talked about me coming in to start as a freshman and being able to play a lot," Barr said.
Last year, Barr's team won the state championship and he averaged 13 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 57% from the field. Westbury Christian finished 34-6. Barr made considerable strides with his aggressiveness and Westbury Christian ran its offense through him.
In the end, the frontcourt was a little less crowded at USC. "At Texas Tech they said there would be a chance that I would start but there were some other people there that I would have to beat them out. I didn't have a problem with beating them out but I decided to go to USC."
Don't think Tim Floyd's NBA connections didn't play a part in this one either. "I think he's a great coach. He's been coaching for a long time in the NBA. He's had a lot of big guys go to the NBA too. The things I saw, I think that he'll be able to help me out as far as getting better skill wise. I trust in him to help me out a lot."