Barnes Looking Forward To QnA With Coach K

Living in a remote part of the country has it's advantages and disadvantages - one being that it's not as easy to take early unofficial visits. Because of that, Iowa standout small forward prospect Harrison Barnes had to be extremely picky when deciding to which schools he'd trip this fall.

Having already secured three prospects in Andre Dawkins, Tyler Thornton, and Josh Hairston, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has set his sights on a top tandem to round out the class of 2010. In addition to targeting the nation's top point guard, Florida's Brandon Knight, the Blue Devils are hoping to land the nation's best small forward - Ames (IA) High's Harrison Barnes.

With Barnes living several thousand miles away from Durham, getting the 6-foot-6, 190 pounder to campus wasn't going to be easy before his senior season. However, after checking and re-checking his schedules, Barnes and his family have made a commitment to traveling to Duke the weekend of October 24-25th.

"The plan is to arrive at Duke on Friday and staying until Saturday, before I come back on Sunday. It was important for me to have a chance to get down there and really see the campus and program up close while also having a chance to meet the coaches so I can learn more about them."

Recently the Duke head coach was able to fly to Ames to watch a staged workout in an open gym, but pursuant to NCAA rules Krzyzewski and Barnes were not allowed to speak to one another.

"Because of the rules I didn't get to speak with him, but I was able to make sure he knew that I knew he was there. I have had a chance to talk to him since [the visit] and we talked a lot about the Olympics and what he was able to do with that program. The way he was able to take a roster full of great players and help them play like a team is what he's been doing at Duke. It shows that you can recruit a lot of great players and everyone can still be successful."

A quick glance at the projected 2010 Blue Devil roster shows that a player such as Barnes would likely have an inside track towards earning early minutes - which is just one of the reasons the Duke program has secured a visit.

"Primarily I see myself as a shooter who can also slash and attack the basket, but I can also go inside and post up if I need to. Duke has had success with similar players in the past and I know they are a great academic school. I am looking forward to finding out more later this month."

Before traveling to Durham on the 24th, Barnes will visit Kansas for their season kick-off event on October 17th.

As a sophomore Barnes led his high school team to a 20-3 overall records before losing in the Class 4A substate finals. In those 23 contests Barnes averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game. In the classroom he says he's eyeing a double major in both business administration and finance.


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