“I was talking to my parents and decided to pick DePaul,” said Oumar Barry.
The 6-9 center from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia committed on Wednesday. He visited DePaul back on the weekend of September 6th. The Blue Demons have shown keen interest in Barry for about 10 months and offered him a scholarship after seeing him play in July.
“I liked the Coach (Oliver Purnell) very well,” Oumar said of his decision. “When I went to Chicago for the visit, I had some time to talk to the coach. I liked the way he gave me advice. I was asking him about how I can be really good on the court. He talked to me about effort. He has a lot of experience. It’s a really good fit for me.”
The city of Chicago appealed to Barry as well.
“The city is very nice,” said Oumar, who arrived in the U.S. last year from the West African country of Guinea. “I liked the city a lot. I liked the school too.”
Barry will be reunited in Chicago with his former DC Premier AAU teammate, Develle Phillips, a 6-9 forward who verbally committed to DePaul on Sunday.
“It’s just a coincidence, it just happened,” Barry said of Phillips also picking DePaul. “He liked it and committed before me. I think it will be good playing with him. I know I will have to work hard to get better, because college is really different from high school.”
Improving on his game is very important to Barry.
“The coaches at DePaul tell me that I will help them a lot with my defense and that I’m tough,” said Barry. “I want to get better. I have really good defensive skills. I play defense a lot. I block shots and rebound. I still need to work on my offensive game. I think I can develop my skills.”
Look for Barry to provide defense on the interior and give the Blue Demons some depth in the frontcourt next season.
Oumar Barry Talks About DePaul Decision
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