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.