Barnett Torches Nets at Meramec

2014 Jordan Barnett put on a show at the Meramec Tournament against a scrappy Washington bunch. Barnett spoke with BillikenReport.com about his recruitment and how his game has evolved.

KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- Even a stomach virus couldn't stop junior wing Jordan Barnett from dominating on Saturday evening.

Barnett, an elite prospect in the 2014 class in the St. Louis area, scored 26 points in a rout against Washington.

21 of those points came in a three-point barrage in the first 16 minutes, when he torched the nets five times from deep.

When all was said and done, Barnett went six-for-eight from three-point range and showed off his athleticism with an emphatic dunk off an alley-oop.

Although he doesn't have any kind of timetable and hasn't been on a visit to a college since Missouri's Midnight Madness, Barnett discussed the current state of his recruitment.

Mizzou remains strongly in the picture, as head coach Frank Haith is taking the reins.

SLU was in attendance to watch the trio of Barnett, Ray Doby, and Patrick McCaw and has obvious local ties.

Outside of the state, though, Barnett suggested that Michigan State, Florida, Louisville, Butler, and Oklahoma State are making a run at him.

As a junior, Barnett has taken more of a heavy role on offense in 2012-13 as opposed to a season ago.

"Last year, I didn't necessarily think of myself as passive," he said. "It was just more difficult to get shots because there was a ton of offense. A lot of people to create our own shot. This year, we have less of that. We have to score a little bit to get others into the game."

His shot has come full circle, but there are still some things he needs to improve on.

"My ball handling needs to become a lot greater," he said. "Everyone tells me I can dribble, but sometimes I get in a frenzy where I don't want to handle the ball as much. I need to grow some confidence."

Although a decision is likely in the distant future, it will be interesting to see how Barnett narrows things down.

"I do want to get to a decent amount of visits," he said. "I want to see what I do like and what I don't like about a college. At this point, I don't know when I'm going to start whittling it down. I definitely have to consider what my parents want."


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