1-on-1 With Class of 2016 Craig Barnes

Gene's Page talks one-on-one with class of 2016 center Craig Barnes of Poplarville (MS) High School.

  • Name: Craig Barnes
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Poplarville (MS) High School
  • Position: Center
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-8, 210
  • Ranking: NR
  • Schools Of Interest: Mississippi State

  • What position do you play?
    "I am a 5 but I can play 4."

    Describe yourself as a player.
    "I play good defense and I'm the go-to guy on my team."

    Why do you say that you play defense?
    "Because I am a good rebounder and I'm going to lock my man down."

    Are you a shot-blocker as well?
    "Yes sir, I am."

    You mentioned that you are your team's go-to guy. What kind of offensive player are you?
    "I can post up and pop outside, anything really."

    What schools are showing interest in you right now?
    "Mississippi State, Jones and PRCC."

    How did you find out that Mississippi State is showing interest in you?
    "They talked to my coach."

    You are a straight-A student. What do you want to major in once you get to college?
    "I want to major in math."

    A lot of kids don't put as much emphasis on academics. Why are academics so important to you?
    "It is due to my parents. They pushed me. And my coach talks to me about my academics every day. He said academics can take you a long way if you don't go to the league."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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