Harrison Barnes Gets Minnesota Interest

Harrison Barnes, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Ames (IA) High, is one of the top Midwest players in the Class of 2010. Barnes led the fourth-ranked Little Cyclones to a 20-3 mark this season as he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Barnes to learn the latest on his recruitment, which includes a scholarship offer from Minnesota.

Harrison Barnes paced Ames to a 20-3 mark this season, losing to Marshalltown 51-50 in the Class 4A substate finals when Marshalltown's Chanse hit a game-winning jumper from the right wing with two seconds left. Ames was just seconds away from ending its 17-year state tournament drought. They won the 1991 Class 3A state title when they were led by future Iowa State and NBA player Fred Hoiberg.

Barnes is a standout for the All-Iowa Attack AAU team that played in the recent Sabes Invitational. He missed Friday's play, due to the district track meet, where he finished first in the long jump (21-9) and third in the high jump (6-2).

Barnes finished sixth in the Class 4A meet this weekend in the high jump (6-2), but Barnes, seeded fifth, failed to make the finals in the long jump, settling instead for 10th. His best leap was 20 feet, 5 inches.

Barnes told GoldenSports.Net that he is hearing from a variety of schools. He has received scholarship offers from Indiana State, Iowa State, Iowa.and most recently Minnesota.

"Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Iowa State, Florida,. Wisconsin, DePaul, Kentucky, USC and Minnesota," he listed.

Barnes has connections to Iowa State. His father, Ron Harris, was considered former Cyclone head coach Johnny Orr's first prominent Cyclone recruit. Harris scored in double figures all four seasons at Iowa State. Barnes' mother work at Iowa State. Iowa State's head coach Greg McDermott's son Nick and Greg attend Ames High with Barnes.

Barnes has been invited to the Nike Hoops Jamboree in June.

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