Barr Joins Nebraska Basketball Team

Jeremy Barr has enrolled at the University of Nebraska and will start practicing with the Husker men's basketball team immediately, Coach Doc Sadler announced Monday.

Barr, who transferred from USC after the first semester, will sit out the rest of this season and can not participate for the Cornhuskers until the end of the 2007 fall semester. He will have five semesters of eligibility remaining once he begins playing for the Huskers after the fall semester is completed.

"We are excited to have Jeremy Barr join our program," Sadler said. "He will have two and a half years of eligibility for us and we think he can be an effective low-post player for us and expect him to score for us down there. We look forward to working with him over the next three and a half years."

A native of New Providence, Bahamas, Barr was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school before signing with Southern Cal. He played 23 games for the Trojans last season as a true freshman, averaging 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Barr started three contests, recording a season-high nine points on 4-of-8 shooting in his first start against Eastern Washington in the Great Alaska Shootout, and finished the season shooting 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the floor.

Barr was ranked No. 118 among all high school players at Westbury Christian High School in Houston after averaging 19 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior. He was the No. 28-ranked power forward in the nation and the 16th-rated player in the state of Texas while helping Westbury to a top-20 national ranking. HoopScoop also ranked him No. 51 in the country. The 6-8, 265-pound Barr helped Westbury to a 100-19 record in three seasons while winning three straight TAAPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) state titles. He earned all-state honors and was a McDonald's All-America nominee. 

As a junior, Barr averaged 13 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field. In addition to USC, he received scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Arizona State, among others.

"I am excited to start again from the beginning," Barr said. "I know I won't be able to play this year, but I'll work on the things I need to get better so next year I can do what I have to to be successful. I wanted to come to Nebraska because I liked the chance to be able to play early and to be able to improve myself both offensively and defensively in the post."

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