Despite playing alongside one of the best players in the 2016 class, point guard Jordan Barnes is out to prove that he's a strong player in his own right.
Barnes is a quick, five-foot-ten PG who runs with WITTS Elite on the AAU circuit and will follow his older brother Jared's footsteps and play under Bob McCormick at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis.
Although he will likely get significant minutes on junior varsity, don't be surprised to see Barnes added to the varsity roster at some point during his freshman season. CBC has three bonafide Division I prospects in Jordan Barnett, Patrick McCaw, and Raymond Doby.
This weekend, along with WITTS teammates Jayson Tatum and Will Gladson, Barnes participated in the Fab Frosh Camp down in Atlanta, Ga.
"I think I've been doing okay," Barnes told BillikenReport.com from Atlanta. "Other games I've struggled on defense, but then picked it up on the next games. I think I've been doing pretty fine."
He said it's been quite an honor to spend a weekend with some of the finest players in the 2016 class.
"I think it's a pretty big deal," Barnes noted. "I don't take it lightly. I like going up against the best players and guarding the best opponent. I like it a lot."
Despite not having some of the name recognition that other programs have, WITTS has established itself with three participants this weekend.
"I think it's good because it gets my team on the map," Barnes said. "It's great to show people about WITTS because we just started this year and not a lot of people know about us. People know about Jayson, but they don't know about [Barnes and Gladson]. I think it's good that me and Will get the chance to go out here and showcase the talent."
His goals for the summer and his first high school season are clear: continue to work on his game and be a leader.
"I want to be a floor general and do what I can to make my team successful," Barnes said. "I just want to help us win a lot of games this year."
Although it's still very early, Tennessee has contacted him and would like him to come down for a workout, but Barnes will definitely gain more attention as the next few years progress.