Barr Changes Mind, Picks Pac-10 School

Back in early April, center Jeremy Barr committed to Texas Tech. Well, as the saying goes, "it's not over until it's over." Barr pulled a late switcheroo and signed with someone else.

When it was thought to be over and Texas Tech had itself a commitment from big man Jeremy Barr, it looked as if the native of the Bahamas had ended his recruitment. Well, that's not the case as the Westbury Christian 6-foot-8 big man inked with another school on Wednesday.

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."

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