Barber Dazzles In MCDAA Game

CHICAGO—After the McDonalds All-American game Wednesday, Andrew Wiggins of the East squad was asked which teammates he enjoyed playing with most.

Only one name came out of his mouth: Anthony Barber.

The NC State signee dazzled with his ball-handling and flashy passing, finishing with 11 points and four assists.

Although the East fell to the West, 110-99, it was an exciting showing from Barber, who lived up to his billing as Scout's fourth-ranked point guard and No. 16 overall prospect.

"Barber showed off his quickness by getting to the rim on several occasions, and then also knocked in a perimeter jumper," said Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "It is clear that Barber needs to add more weight, and in a game made for turnovers, he definitely had his share, so that has to be addressed, but the athleticism, speed, and scoring ability were on full display."

But the perhaps biggest compliment came from Wiggins, Scout's number-one ranked senior and an immense talent in his own right.

"Andrew is a great player and I admire him a lot," said Barber. "I look up to him, even though we're at the same level of basketball. That's great that he said that about me, I think he's the best player too. It goes both ways."

After sustaining a back injury in practice earlier in the week, Barber was just happy to be on the court after sitting out completely on Tuesday.

He showed few signs of rust, as the lightning-quick guard consistently slashed to the basket and wowed the crowd with his crossover dribble. The spotlights were certainly on, and Barber adjusted accordingly. "At the beginning of the game I was kind of nervous," he admitted. "I wasn't used to being on an NBA floor. After I got in there and started playing, I got very comfortable. My handles, passing the ball behind my head, I was just having fun."

The 6-foot-1, 165 pound Barber hails from Hampton, Virginia, a city that has produced pro athletes including former NBA star Allen Iverson and NFL linebacker Jerod Mayo.

Barber, who wears his hair in braids reminiscent of Iverson, hopes to change the rough reputation that often surrounds his hometown.

"I'm the latest one doing it, so I have to come out and make sure I do it right," said Barber. "A whole lot of people think we athletes are just bad all the time. That's not how it is. I'm different, just being a kid and growing up playing basketball."

Barber will arrive in Raleigh with big shoes to fill. The departure of Lorenzo Brown for the pros and Rodney Purvis' decision to transfer leaves the Wolfpack without their starting backcourt.

2012 McDonald's All-American Tyler Lewis returns, and he and Barber may have to shoulder the load.

"I'm very excited," said Barber. "I know the fans are excited, and I can't wait to get there. I'm going to have to come in and play a big role."

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