Thanks to a series of big showings on the travel circuit and at events like the Nike Hoop Jamboree and the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Harrison Barnes has gone from relative unknown to potential top 10 player in the class of 2010. So far, he’s enjoying every moment of it.
“I think it’s nice to be getting to invited to the
events like I’ve been,” said Barnes. “You
get to measure yourself against the nation’s best and really
test where you are. I’m not doing too bad and I realize that
you can play with these guys.”
Not surprisingly, Barnes phone has been ringing off the hook with
coaches looking to make their pitch. Having heard from over 20 schools,
Barnes mentioned places like Kansas, Georgetown, LSU, Iowa, Iowa State,
Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota and many others.
Between all the travel and calls, Barnes says it’s been hard
to sort it all out.
“Right now with all of this traveling it’s really
not on my mind. It’s really hard to focus on,”
Barnes told Phog.Net. “The last couple of weeks
I’ve only been home for a day or a day and a half. When I am
home I usually just rest or maybe go out with friends. When I can
I’m shooting and I’m making sure that I take care
of my body and eat right. I like to travel though. You go to these nice
events and work on your skills.”
Speaking specifically about Kansas, Barnes says that he’s
spoken to a pair of staff members and that the Jayhawks interest really
got turned up after he played in Lawrence during a May event.
“I talked to Coach Dooley and I talked to Coach
Self,” said Barnes. “They started recruiting me
pretty aggressively after the Jayhawk Invitational.”
When asked about his interest level in Kansas, Barnes admitted that
“I’d say that I have a lot of interest in
them,” said Barnes of Kansas. “They’ve
got a good school, good facilities, a good basketball team of course
and it seems like they’ve got a good coaching staff
Being from Ames, Barnes is also intimately familiar with the Iowa State
program. Not surprisingly he’s starting to feel some pressure
from those around his hometown to stay home but he’s not
going to let the pressure influence what he does.
“Obviously there’s pressure when there’s
a lot of people around you saying ‘Oh you’re going
to Iowa State,’ “ said Barnes. “Then you
tell them you don’t know and they get that look on their
face. You just have to do what is best for you and look out for you at
the end of the day.”
With a full summer left ahead of him, Barnes is taking things in stride
and isn’t likely to cut his list down until after his
traveling settles down and he can really investigate schools. When it
does come time to cut things down and eventually make a decision,
though, there’s one Ames resident who won’t be
putting any pressure on him. His mother.
“She’s going to let me make my final college
decision and support me wherever I decide to go,” said
Barnes. “That means a lot.”
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