Barnett starred for Christian Brothers College in St. Louis, Mo., but attracted more attention for his play for the AAU St. Louis Eagles, a premier program that has produced recent lottery picks Bradley Beal and Ben McLemore. That helped him earn an impressive offer list that included Butler, Florida, Harvard, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, St. Louis and Stanford.
Scout.com ranks Barnett as a three-star prospect and the No. 29 small forward in the country. Texas assistant coach Rob Lanier helped to land Barnett.
"The [Texas] coaches told me that the one thing they really liked was how i can run like the wind up and down the court and get you transition buckets," Barnett said. "They liked how I could shoot, handle and penetrate."
Barnett said he looked at the way Texas developed recent small forwards, including Kevin Durant, Jordan Hamilton and now Ioannis Papapetrou, as well as talent at other positions like Lamarcus Aldridge, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.
"I definitely looked at the way that Rick Barnes develops talent," Barnett said. "He gets good players, and then he gets them ready for that next level. He's somebody I definitely want to be around, somebody who knows what it takes to get to the next level."
St. Louis Eagles always play a highly competitive national schedule, including a Nike EYBL season and events like NY2LA and Peach Jam. Now that that season is over, Barnett said he's looking forward to the calm of working out with his high school coach and resting until high school starts back up.
Barnett makes Texas's first commitment for the Class of 2014. For highlights on Barnett's game, check below.