Barnes Has Recruitment On Hold For Now

One of the nation's top recruits in the class of 2010 and, undoubtedly Duke's top target in the current crop of high school juniors is Ames (IA) forward Harrison Barnes. The 6-foot-7 small forward has recently put his recruiting process on hold, but will be restarting it soon.

"Right now I am not focusing on recruiting or answering questions regarding the process," said Harrison Barnes. "Instead I am focusing solely on my high school season. I expect to have a recruiting update after the season ends."

The season in question has Barnes leading his team to a perfect 13-0 mark while averaging just shy of 20 points and 9 rebounds per game. While those stats are impressive, they could likely be even more robust were it not for a plethora of injuries that have forced the nation's top small forward to move around in the Ames High starting lineup.

"We lost our point guard to injury, and I was asked to fill in for him. It was a great experience playing the point at 6'7 because it's not something I usually do, which provided a new challenge and forced me to further develop my game. Once he came back I moved back out to the wing, but I've also played the other three spots on the court."

That kind of versatility is exactly why Barnes holds offers from every major college program in the country, and though he's happy with his development - there is room for improvement as well as opportunity.

"I think that's what's great about the game for me. Whether it's handling and distributing the ball as a point guard or posting up a 6'10 guy in the post, the game has presented me several opportunities to improve and develop as a player. I am looking forward to continuing to develop and helping my team win. Those two things really go hand-in-hand."

With recruiting on the back burner and no updates forthcoming for a while, has Barnes admits he's been able to sit back and just be a regular fan of the college game for the last few weeks.

"it's been a lot of fun watching college basketball. There have been some great games and some disappointing games, but that's what makes it so great. I can't wait to watch March Madness - it's always an experience."

One in which he will be an active participant in just two short years when he's at his school of choice majoring in Business Administration and/or Finance.

"I'm certainly looking forward to that, but I'm enjoying my time here with my team. If I keep working hard, things will work out."

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