Barham Reflects on Recruiting

Lights out shooter Drew Barham is one of the most highly sought after players in Memphis. The Miami RedHawks are one of the schools with a serious interest in this gunner. As a junior this past season for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, the 6-6, 183 pound Barham led his team to a regional championship and a trip to the state title game before falling to Briarcrest in the final.

Lights out shooter Drew Barham is one of the most highly sought after players in Memphis. The Miami RedHawks are one of the schools with a serious interest in this gunner. As a junior this past season for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, the 6-6, 183 pound Barham led his team to a regional championship and a trip to the state title game before falling to Briarcrest in the final. Barham said he averaged 15 points and 6 or 7 rebounds a game during the season.

Although Christian Brothers lost four starters, Barham's goal is nothing less than a state title in 2008-09. Barham said, "We lost eight seniors and I am the only returning starter. But my goal is to surprise everyone and get back to the state championship."

This summer, Barham has been playing AAU ball with the Nashville Celtics. Barham said, "It was a good year. We did as well as we could have. We won our pool in Las Vegas. There were a lot of coaches at every one of our games."

One of Barham's Celtics teammates is Miami target Drew Kelly, a power forward from Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee. Barham and Kelly are close. Barham said, "(Kelly) is a good friend. We do a lot together. I am supposed to visit with him this weekend at his house." Barham mentioned that he has thought about playing with Kelly in college.

Barham is a pure shooter. "People compare me to J.J. Reddick." As for the strengths of his game, Barham told RedHawk Insider, "My strength is my shooting and I move well without the ball. Also, I am a smart player." As for his weaknesses, he said, "I need to get a little bit stronger." Barham stated he would like to move from his 183 pound frame to 200 pounds in college.

Although listed as a wing forward, that is not necessarily the position he will play in college. Barham said, "I can play wing forward and two-guard." Barham believes he will play more as a shooting guard at the next level.

On a personal level, Barham describes himself as a funny guy who likes to dance. He is also strong in his faith and is an active participant in church activities.

Barham has a long list of schools interested in him. The list includes Stanford, Belmont, Davidson, Miami (OH), Butler, Arkansas State, St. Josephs, Bucknell, Jacksonville, American, Southern Illinois, and Gardner Webb. Of those, he holds offers from Southern Illinois, Belmont, Arkansas State, Bucknell, Jacksonville, American, and Gardner Webb. Barham said the offer from Southern Illinois may no longer be out there because of a recent Saluki commitment.

Barham said that Miami (OH), Stanford, and Davidson have indicated that they are strongly considering offering him. On Tuesday, August 12, 2008, Barham received a call from Miami assistant coach Ryan Pedon. Barham said of the conversation, "Coach Pedon said they just got their coach back and are going to decide what they are going to do as far as I go."

Right now, there are six schools that Barham would call leaders. Those are Stanford, Davidson, Miami, Belmont, St. Josephs, and Butler.

Barham has taken visits to Miami, SIU, Belmont, and Bucknell. He plans to take a visit to Arkansas State soon.

As for his visit to Miami, he said he visited on his own while the Miami coaches were out at various tournaments. Barham said, "I took a visit on the way back from a tournament and just walked around. I liked their campus. The facilities are nice and the campus is pretty."

As is often the norm with players Miami is recruiting, Barham excels in the classroom. He is academically qualified and has a perfect 4.0 GPA with an ACT score of 24. However, the 24 was not personally good enough for Barham and he plans on retaking the test.

In college, he would like to major in either business or aviation. Barham's interest in aviation stems from wanting to be a pilot. Barham said, "My dad had a private pilot's license (when I was younger)."

Barham is looking for a school that has good academics and has a basketball program that fits his style of play (outside shooting). He hopes to make a decision in November, but may wait until spring "depending on who steps up and who doesn't."

So the question remains will Miami step up with an offer? Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider in the future to see how this question gets answered.


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