A close relationship between high-school coach Dan Higgins and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood combined with recruiting coach Robb Smith staying on staff kept Barnwell from ever questioning the Scarlet Knights.
Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, Barnwell said, was just another opportunity to travel across town and spend time at a college program.
"It was great," Barnwell said. "I had a great time [Sunday]. It was great watching Rutgers go against Syracuse and they held their own against the No. 2 team in the country."
Scarlet Knights Marvin Booker and Jawaun Wynn attended the same high school as Barnwell, who also has strong relationships with Rutgers young guns Savon Huggins and Miles Shuler. Barnwell watched the basketball game with Huggins, Shuler and the coaching staff.
"Those are just friends of mine," Barnwell said. "My dad's cool with Savon's dad. Savon and I are friends and I'm cool with Miles too. I would love to play with both of them. They're great athletes and it would be cool to play with friends."
Metuchen's (N.J.) Dorian Miller spent one-on-one time with new offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski at a previous basketball game, but could not resist returning for Sunday's game against No. 2 Syracuse, he said.
Miller has been on four unofficial visits to Rutgers since the end of the season, living 15 minutes away from the school.
"The trip went really well, had a good talk with Coach Flood and had a lot of fun," Miller said about his Sunday visit."
Athlete Reggie Green from Cranford (N.J.) is another local prospect who has taken multiple visit to Rutgers since the end of the season.
Greene met with Flood and the rest of the coaches Sunday and said he left with a positive impression.
"It was good to get a feel for everything with the new coaches," Green said. "It was an opportunity to meet with all of them. I had some one-on-one time with coach Flood, which was awesome. I really liked everything I saw."