Louisville checks out elite 2010 forward

Five-star 2010 prospect Harrison Barnes is rated as the top small forward in the nation by Scout.com. Barnes is receiving heavy interest from big-time programs all over the country. Wednesday night, with Louisville assistant Walter McCarty looking on, Barnes showed off his diverse skill set at the Kentucky Hoopfest.

For Harrison Barnes this spring and summer AAU season has been a whirlwind of tournaments and camps. He has played in locations around the country. And Wednesday evening was no exception as Barnes put on an athletic and offensive display that was truly impressive.

There were several head coaches on the scene including Tubby Smith, Bo Ryan and Jeff Capel. Louisville assistant coach Walter McCarty was checking out the actions as well as assistants from Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Kentucky, Marquette, Indiana, and Notre Dame.

Harrison had a big time showing at the Lebron Skills Academy and has seen his recruitment spike significantly. And with all this attention that he has received Barnes says that having the chance to be back in the AAU setting is a good thing.

"I think it is nice to come and play with these guys. When you are coming from an all-star setting where guys are somewhat selfish it is hard to play with them when you are just now meeting them," said Barnes. "Then I get to come back and play with my normal team and we already have that chemistry. They're my friends I like coming back to playing with my friends."

And with such high profile coaches in the building does Harrison feel the pressure to perform?

"It was nerve racking a little while ago, but now you get used to it," said Barnes.

Barnes has an impressive offensive game showing off a smooth jump shot and the attacking mentality to match. Barnes says that though he is proficient in some areas he still needs work on to help him become a complete player.

"I think my strengths are my spot up shooting, my shooting in general pulling up and off the screens," said Barnes. "The area that I need to improve the most would be my dribbling. I am probably going to be playing the two-guard so I need to get used to that."

The three area schools of Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana are actively recruiting Barnes, and he says that he is looking into them.

"Kentucky and Indiana have both offered me so I am receiving a lot of interest from them. And I have a lot of interest in them, said Barnes." And as far as from Louisville they have communicated with my head coach, but they have not communicated with me."

Barnes maintains that he is still very early in the recruiting process and has no plans to narrow things down yet.

"Right now I am just taking my time and letting my skills develop. In recruiting right now everyone is equal," said Barnes. "I just want to go pick up some championships at some of these national tournaments. Get better and pick up some more scholarships offers along the way."

In looking for the right fit Barnes, who carries a 3.39 grade point average, say academics will be paramount in his mind.

"I want a strong academic field that will set me up for the future. I am going into business administration and finance," said Barnes. "And as far as basketball is concerned a team that will make me better and help me make my team better. Hopefully have a National Championship run, and then go on to the pros."

As far as making any type of decision no plans are in the works and he is looking to see the country before deciding.

"I will probably wait and take some official visits and check out some schools first. I have not been too many places so far so I am going to make some visits first," said Barnes.

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