Barkley Talks ECU Offer

2015 Northern (Durham, N.C.) small forward Kentrell Barkley is seeing his recruitment take off and received an offer from ECU right before summer. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the Pirates.

Kentrell Barkley from Northern High School in Durham, N.C. has added double-digit offers since February and there's no sign of him slowing down. The 6-foot-5 small forward, with a 6-foot-11 wing span, has quickly drawn the attention of BCS level schools heading into his senior season.

ECU offered Barkley on May 20th, 2014 when he was visiting his friend (ECU track runner) Jalen Peterkin. Barkley has since built a strong relationship with ECU's coaches, especially head coach Jeff Lebo. He has been to ECU multiple times.

"I went to ECU for an unofficial visit as a sophomore," said Barkley. "It was their homecoming game against Marshall and the crowd was unbelievable. I also went to ECU Elite Camp recently. It was one of the hardest workouts I've ever done."

Barkley is fond of ECU and mentioned he could see himself fitting into Lebo's system.

Other schools to offer Barkley include Campbell, UNC Wilmington, UNC Charlotte and North Carolina Central. VCU, Virginia Tech, and ECU's new American Conference opponent Cincinnati have all been in contact with Barkley which means more offers could be on the way.

Barkley knows what he is looking for at the next level.

"I would like to play on a team that pushes the ball," said Barkley. "I can see myself doing well on an athletic team that has a defensive mindset also."

Versatility is Barkley's strong suit. His athleticism allows him to defend the wing very well while also giving him the ability to bang bodies in the post. He is currently ranked the No. 4 prospect in North Carolina.

When school starts back in the fall Barkley will start to take official visits to schools interested in him. ECU is on the list of schools he will visit.

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