Barnes Has Exciting Weekend Plans

The summer of 2008 continues to get better for Ames High School star Harrison Barnes.

He has seen his Scout national ranking rise to No.11 for the class of 2010 and now he's going to get the chance to meet his basketball idol. "I got invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy so I'll be heading to Akron (OH) this weekend. It's going to be a great experience as I'm going to see one of my idols," said Barnes. "Hopefully I'll get to meet him and talk to him for a little while. My goal this weekend is to walk out of there as one of the top players."

Barnes has received numerous offers this summer but reiterated that he is not close to making a final choice on his college destination. He feels that things really took off for him after the Nike Hoops Jamboree in June. "It was a lot of fun because it was the first big camp where I have able to measure my skills against the best players," he said. "It gave me a lot of confidence that I could play with the best and that if I work hard I have the potential to be the best."

Harrison has also enjoyed getting to play in the Capital City Summer League with some of the local college players. "I've played in two games and it's a lot of fun," said Barnes. "They can really body you up and knock you down. The game is a lot faster and it just prepares you better."

Barnes is also using the summer to refine his overall game. "I'm really trying to improve my ballhandling skills," he said. "I just want to be as much of a complete player as I can possibly be."

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