Top-10 prospect Cat Barber commits to NC State

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Anthony “Cat” Barber has had a very interesting recruitment over the past three months. The top-10 prospect once said Kansas and Alabama were his favorites, then added North Carolina State and Louisville to his list. The Cardinals seemed to be making up ground, and then suddenly the two parties separated earlier this week.

Barber took an official visit to North Carolina State this weekend -– and ended his recruitment. The No. 9-ranked prospect is headed to Raleigh.

A source confirmed the news to earlier Saturday.

Barber is the third-ranked point guard in the class of 2013, boosting his stock with stellar performances throughout the spring and summer. He's extremely quick, capable of beating his man off the dribble and getting into the lane seemingly at will. Barber is aggressive defensively, constantly harassing opponents into turnovers. He is also adept at jumping passing lanes, and turning defense into offense.

North Carolina State's proximity to Barber's Hampton, Va., home was a key factor in his decision. According to sources, it's only a three-hour drive from Barber's house to Raleigh -- compared to 14 hours to Kansas. Alabama struck out early Saturday with Rashawn Powell, and the Crimson Tide missed out with Barber as well.

Mark Gottfried has turned the Wolfpack into a consistent ACC contender in a very short time, and his efforts on the recruiting trail have been outstanding. He picked up one of the best recruiting classes in the country last season and he seems to be on his way to another stellar group this year.

With Barber in tow, NC State is set at the point guard position for a couple of years. Lorenzo Brown is an All-ACC caliber player this season, and incoming freshman Tyler Lewis will find ways to make plays. Rodney Purvis -- who is yet to be cleared -- is another player who loves to have the ball in his hands. Gottfried will have no shortage of playmakers at his disposal.

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