Class of 2018 Michael Barber Update

Class of 2018 small forward Michael Barber, who plays AAU ball for the MBA Hoops 17U team, talks about his game, his academics and recruiting.

  • Name: Michael Barber
  • Classification: 2018
  • High School: The Veritas School (Ridgeland, MS)
  • AAU Team: MBA Hoops 17U
  • Position: Small Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-7, 200
  • Scout Ranking: NR
  • Colleges of Interest: Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas, UNLV

  • Barber is considered one of the elite players in the class of 2018. Although Scout haven't come out with their class of 2018 rankings, Prep Insiders has and they have Barber ranked number nine in his class. Barber is proud of his ranking.

    "It makes me feel good but it it makes me know that I have to work harder to maintain my ranking or even get higher," he said.

    He has an opinion on why he is ranked so high.

    "I think I am ranked that high because of my size, me being able to handle the ball and me being able to get to the bucket," said Barber.

    Barber also realizes that he has a lot of work to do if he wants to be the best player that he can be.

    "I'm trying to get bigger, stay in the gym, get my conditioning better and get my ball-handling better," said Barber.

    While his basketball ranking is among the top-10 in his class, he may be even better in the classroom.

    "I am an A-student," said Barber. " I work as hard in the classroom as I do on the court. Making a B is bad in my family because my parents know that I am an All A student."

    Academics are strongly stressed by his parents.

    "My parents are big on both my game and my academics, but they always say that academics come first," said Barber. "If I don't have my grades right, then there is no basketball. So, I always have my grades right."

    College coaches have already started taking notice of how well Barber does on the court and in the classroom.

    "I received a letter from Stanford awhile back," said Barber. "I also received a letter from Kansas. I think Mississippi State is also interested in me. My coaches don't really talk to me too much about what colleges are showing interest in me because they don't want me to get a big head."

    He has attended several college games and has come away very impressed with what he has seen.

    "I have gone to four or five college games," said Barber. "Watching college ball I have noticed that the players are good, really athletic and they all play really hard."

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