Last season for Ames High School (Ia.), Barnes averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds per outting. But what really got the attention of coaches across the country was his play during the AAU season. Barnes spectacular summer has lead to offers from about every major school in the country. "There are a lot of schools pursuing me aggressively," said Barnes.
Barnes hold offers from Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, USC, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, LSU, Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin. He's also receiving heavy interest from North Carolina and Georgetown. Are there any other schools that Barnes wants to hear from? "Not at the moment," said Barnes.
Barnes, at 6-foot-6 190, possesses virtually every skill that you'd ask a wing to have. "I would describe myself as primarily a shooter," said Barnes. "I can spot up and shoot. I can shoot off the dribble and off the screens. I can penetrate and I can play the post as well," said Barnes.
Several coaches got an eyeful of that game last week when they attended an open gym where Barnes worked out. One of those coaches was Wildcat coach Billy Gillispie.
"I talked to coach Gillispie for open gym last Monday. I was able to exchange a cordial greeting with him," said Barnes. What does Barnes think of the Kentucky program?
"I think they are one of the most, if not the number one school for prestige. They've won a lot of titles. They have good teams year in and year out. They also have a good academic school."
Academics will play a big role in the decision that Barnes makes. "I'm going to double major in business administration and finance," he said.
"Right now, I'm using this year to evaluate a lot of schools. I've got a lot to look into. I'll probably make my decision after I take all my visits," Barnes said.
Barnes is the number one small forward in the 2010 class and a five-star prospect according to Scout.com.