Barnes Cuts 10 Schools Off The List

In what will most certainly be one of the most watched recruiting battles of the summer, only a dozen teams remain on the list for Ames (IA) High standout Harrison Barnes. This week the 6'7 prospect cut his list by 10 and is looking towards making visits.

"I've cut my list from 22 down to 12," Harrison Barnes told Scout.com's Greg Ohlson. "The schools are, in no particular order, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Stanford, Minnesota, Kentucky, Southern Cal, UCLA, TCU, Iowa State and Florida."

After starting the Spring off with a bang and looking every bit a legit challenger for the nation's No. 1 overall player ranking, Barnes knows he can attend any school in the country. With those kinds of options, Barnes has been meticulous with his planning and execution in the recruiting process. That looks to continue in the coming months as he heads to into more visits.

"I'll be visiting North Carolina after the NBA Players Camp and then I'll also be visiting USC, UCLA, and Stanford during my time in California for the Pangos Camp."

Much has been made of Barnes apparently relationship with Duke and Coach K after he made an effort to surprise the Blue Devil head coach with an unofficial visit during the season. In that meeting speculation that the Blue Devils were about to land a huge commitment began to swirl despite a lack of foundation. After all - as the rumors went - Barnes was wearing a Duke t-shirt and chatting up current 2010 commit Josh Hairston.

"I was wearing a Duke t-shirt because it's part of my daily wardrobe and I'm definitely not ashamed of my wardrobe," said Barnes. "Josh [Hairston] is a good friend of mine and we were just simply having a conversation at the Duke-North Carolina game which is one of the best games of the year. Duke is one of the schools on my list so I was just considering what their lineup would look like if I went there."

Barnes reported that he has no definite timetable, but will look to take all five of his official visits before making a decision.


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