Harrison Barnes Gets Visit from Tubby Smith

Harrison Barnes, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Ames (IA) High, is one of the top players in the his class. Barnes led the fourth-ranked Little Cyclones to a 20-3 mark this season as he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game. He played at the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Nike Global Challenge in July and got a visit from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith Monday night at an open gym.

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 Creekmur, who recently committed to Iowa, 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 and also participated on the team's track and field squad.

Barnes finished sixth in the Class 4A meet 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.

Tubby Smith was not the only big-name coach to attend the open gym in Ames Monday night. Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie and Iowa State head man Greg McDermott was in attendance, along with two assistants, Daniyal Robinson and T.J. Otzelberger. Former Cyclone assistant Jean Prioleau, who became close to Barnes, was watching as a member of the TCU staff and assistants from North Carolina and Stanford were also on hand. Kansas head coach Bill Self is expected to visit next week.

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 attended Ames High with Barnes. Nick is currently a freshman golfer at Northern Iowa and Greg, a junior, has a basketball scholarship offer from Albany.

Barnes has scholarship offers from Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Purdue, Minnesota, Texas, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin, among others.

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