Taylor Barnette's stock soaring

Known as the state's best shooter, 2012 two star combo guard Taylor Barnette has been working on becoming more than just a shooter. The 6-2, 170 pound junior has put a lot of focus on improving his mid range game and working on floaters with either hand, making defenders weary of only guarding him at the three-point line.

Known as the state's best shooter, 2012 two star combo guard Taylor Barnette has been working on becoming more than just a shooter. The 6-2, 170 pound junior has put a lot of focus on improving his mid range game and working on floaters with either hand, making defenders weary of only guarding him at the three-point line.

Barnette's new found mid range game is bringing in new interest from colleges as well. Having already been getting interest from high majors such as Oklahoma State and Notre Dame, Barnette has recently been contacted by Stanford, who is now showing interest. He adds these schools along with receiving interest from Xavier, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Valporaiso, Furman, Davidson, Miami (OH) and William and Mary. Barnette doesn't hold any offers from those schools but does have offers from Lipscomb, Belmont, James Madison, and Liberty.

Barnette doesn't claim any favorites among that exhaustive list but has taken unofficial visits to Lipscomb, Belmont, Xavier, Miami (OH) and Eastern Kentucky. He said all of the visits were great but he isn't anywhere close to making a decision. Barnette said he would try to take more visits after the season is over.

Barnette's stiffest competition growing up in Lexington was in the same household as him. His sister, Sarah Beth Barnette, was Miss Kentucky Basketball and plays for the University of Kentucky. When asked who won the one on one games growing up he said "She used to put it on me pretty good when we were younger, but I think I could take her now."

Barnette plays tonight in the finals of the All-A regional tournament and his goals for the rest of the season are to win the All-A state tournament. Barnette said his parents would be helping him with his decision along with asking God for guidance to help him make the correct choice.


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