Remi Barry, a talented 6-foot-7 forward originally from France, fell off the radar of many college basketball programs over the past year when he transferred from a high school in Florida to a school in California but was ruled ineligible to compete this season.
Barry also spent some time in France with his parents before returning to the U.S. and heading to California. He took his case against the California Interscholastic Federation to court but was denied the chance to play and was forced to cheer for his Del Oro High School teammates from the bench.
Not all college recruiters forgot about him, and as his story attracted more press attention throughout the season, more and more college recruiters began to come to Del Oro practices to watch him play. Colorado coaches were among them.
Barry is scheduled to visit Boulder next week with his guardian, Chris Hendricks, to check out Bzdelik's program, the CU campus and the town. But it still could be a month or more before he makes a decision about what school to attend. Colorado is expected to sign at least two players in the late signing period, which begins next week. CU coaches are hoping Barry is one of them.
"We're early," Hendricks said. "I know it's late for everyone else, but we're kind of early because he really wasn't on the radar as far as many people were concerned. After his experience in Florida, he left the U.S. and East Coast and West Coast recruiting don't really cross that much. So he came out here and because he wasn't playing, nobody knew where he was except a few people who were of interest."
Hendricks said at least 20 programs have shown interest in Barry. Some have offered scholarships. Others have not. He said Barry is definitely visiting Colorado April 16-18 and programs such as Cal and Utah are also candidates for visits. Barry is still working to pare down his list.
Hendricks was reluctant to name all the schools Barry is considering or that have offered scholarships. But he said there is no doubt Barry is a high-level talent. He said Barry is a solid student and should not have a problem qualifying for most schools, despite the odyssey he has experienced throughout high school.
"He's 6-7, has a tremendous vertical, is a tremendous athlete and can play the one the two and the three," Hendricks said. "He can play the wing. He can play the point if you want him to. So he becomes a matchup nightmare if you want him to. He didn't spend his life down playing post at all.
"He's the rare 6-7 guy who can shoot it, but can also move like a much smaller guy, very fluid, very quick."
Barry said he has met all of the Colorado coaches and appreciates their work ethic. He said he speaks most often with assistant coach Derrick Clark, who came to CU with Bzdelik from Air Force.
"It's really, really good," Barry said when asked about the Colorado program. "It's the Big 12. They play against big teams. It's very good."
Barry said when he visits Colorado he hopes to find a great school and campus with friendly people.
"Then basketball-wise, having good chemistry with my teammates, you know, the guys over there and with the coaches," he said.
Barry said he has no timeline in mind for making his decision and he doesn't know what other schools he will visit or consider along with Colorado. He said he's trying to find the best fit possible.
"I'm just going to go on some visits and see how it goes and do my choice," he said.
Barry is playing competitive basketball once again with his AAU team. It has been good for his soul to get back on the court. He's even playing with several of the high school teammates he was denied the chance to play with during the high school season.
"That was really, really hard," he said. "Sitting on the bench, watching my teammates play. It was hard. I didn't have the exposure I was supposed to have because I wasn't playing."
He said his best attributes as a player are his ability to drive by opponents but also being a threat to shoot from the perimeter. He said he is focused on becoming faster and quicker, but he works on all parts of his game.