Barnes Has No Favorites At The Moment

Scout's #3 ranked player in the country for the 2010 class has taken a few unofficial visits this fall but still is not ready to list any favorites. The Ames (IA) High School star is putting all his focus for the next few months on trying to win a state title.

"I'm just excited to get going with the season," said Barnes. "I'm not concerned with recruiting right now. My main goal right now is to help my school win a state championship."

Harrison has taken unofficial visits to Kansas and Duke this fall but is very clear when asked about favorites. "I enjoyed both the visits but I currently have no favorites," said Barnes. "I'm completely open and plan on researching other schools and taking other visits in the future."

One of the many schools that he is considering is the hometown Iowa State Cyclones who can watch Harrison on a consistent basis. "They definitely have more access to me because I'm local and they can see me whenever," he said. "I also play AAU with (Iowa State)Coach McDermott's son Doug so he gets to see me a lot. We talk every once in a while and I think Coach McDermott is a very nice guy."

The Cyclones head coach was at almost every game that Harrison played in the spring and summer and that did not go unnoticed by Barnes. "It meant a lot to me for him to come and see me play that many times considering I know they have priorities for the 2009 class," he said. "He had already seen me play a lot last year during the season so it definitely meant a lot."

Barnes has taken some unofficial visits to Iowa State this fall to watch football games and has gotten to know some of the Iowa State players pretty well. "I'm familiar with all the incoming freshman because I have met them at games," he said. "I mostly talk with Craig (Brackins) and Diante (Garrett) when I am there. I have been watching them develop since they came in as freshmen."

Barnes might take in some Iowa State home games again this year at a place that he knows very well. "Hilton Coliseum is one of the best arenas," he said. "It has a great atmosphere with all the fans and community support."

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