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Harrison Barnes

Posted on: November 13, 2009 4:50 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2009 5:17 pm
Wow what a tradgedy.  This news conference was just a total disaster.  I don't think he meant it in a bad way but this was a horrible lack of courtesy and respect for Iowa State fans.  I don't mind the decision not that I think it is a good one but really.  I believe that 50% of Iowa State fans are now going to cheer against him.  This is made worse by the fact that almost nobody would have cheered against him if this press conference wasn't such a big deal and inviting for Iowa State fans.  I really think He went in a bad way on this one.  I think that he truly owes an apology to the cyclone fan base.  I don't mean anything big and public but a small i'm sorry for misleading you.  I really think he needs to make it up or he could have some problems with still living in Ames and such.  I think that Iowa State fans were very respectful of his choice and I applaud them for that.  I just think this whole Harrison Barnes thing has been a total disaster.

Harrison Barnes is going down the wrong path


Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2010 6:00 am

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As some of you have said, Barnes has the right to play basketball wherever he wants.  I never really felt like (but I was still hoping) he was going to pick Iowa State so I wasn't shocked when he picked UNC.  The Tar Heels are a perennial power so I understand the attraction of wanting to play for a team with a strong tradition and one that just reloads every year.  Personally, I'm a little tired of these televised events in which the player announces which college he's going to attend.  The only part of the Barnes news conference that irked me a little was when he called Roy Williams and you could see Williams on the screen behind Barnes.  Just make your decision and call the coach of the team you picked after the conference is over. I can't say Barnes "went down the wrong path".  He made his choice and we'll know in a year or two if he's happy with that decision.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2010 1:58 pm

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In all honesty, and this is coming from an Iowa fan, you guys might be better off w/o an ego-tripper. He might go down there & find out that "he's just one of the boys" or he might do well & bail for the NBA after a year like Ricky Davis did to us years ago. I think Iowa State will do pretty well without Barnes. You have a decent team. One heckuva lot better than what we're dealing with, but I'm trying to remain patient. I'm not saying for sure that he is an ego-tripper but it appears a possibility. The Cyclones & the Panthers seem to have the Iowa basketball reigns right now anyway. Have a good year & I'll root for ya' in the NCAAs. P.S.- Good job in Insight Bowl beating the Gophers. Embarassed

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 11:38 am

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ISU is going to be a "winning team in an incredible atmosphere" and also it is in his hometown of Ames.  Just don't invite us there if you aren't going to pick us.  ISU will have at most 4 Non Conference losses which are highly unlikely as they will most likely have two just Northwestern and Duke which are already national title contenders or really good this year.  I say that ISU would be the best choice because they are on the up swing where UNC is probably going to drop the next couple of years since Hansbrough has left. If not ISU I personally think right now Duke would be the better choice.  This is not to say UNC is not a contender I just think Duke is better right now.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:26 am

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I don't think that he was leading Iowa State on at all. I think Iowa State had a legitimate shot at Harrison Barnes, just like Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, and UCLA did. All 6 hats that he had up on the podium with him had a shot at Barnes, UNC just did the best job of recruiting and taking advantage of the shot that they were given. All of the programs had certain advantages. Iowa State's was that they were in his hometown, UNC's was that they just won a National Title and are one of the most storied programs in the nation. Barnes simply decided that playing for a winning team in an incredible atmosphere was more important than staying in Ames.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2009 10:06 am

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Get over it ISU fans! He went to the best place for a chance to win a championship. Do you really blame him? I am UNC fan and I won't blame him when he ditches us for 15 million either the year after. He will start as a frosh and get further with UNC than he would have with ISU! Life is about doing what is best for ourselves now, not everyone else or what they think we should do, even if we care alot about them! We only live once (in case ya didn't know).

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Harrison Barnes could have won the National Championship at Iowa State.  ISU is a up and coming team that has a bright future.  Harrison Barnes would have made it a whole lot brighter.  If he came which did make sense ISU had a great chance at competing with UNC and Duke

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2009 2:10 am
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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2009 1:57 am

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Big Fish at ISU gets him no Final Four or Championship! As a UNC fan, I know he will be most likely be 1 and done, but where else would he have a better shot at title? The next best choice woulda been Duke, but he would not have started over Singler (who will be a senior). He made the right choice for himself. Like you said "he is a smart kid"!

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2009 7:20 pm

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Everyone has made some good points.

Yes he was pretty misleading at times. I admit there was a time I was thinking 'Wow Iowa State has a legitimate shot in landing Harrison Barnes'. BUT you can also put the blame on some Cyclone fans for being misleaded. In reality we should have known better.

Now we have to put Harrison Barnes in the past and look at what we have. This Cyclone basketball team has some young talent and a bright future. McDermott has us moving in the right direction and there's more recruits out there for Iowa State to pick up.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2009 9:12 am

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I think if he wanted to include us in the announcment that was fine but take us out of the running because that would mean no chance.  You have to admit you were drawn by speculating where the great Iowa player for once was going.  I'm just saying that he led us on to much making it seem like he was going to pull up McDermott.   Im just saying don't bring all of the suspense up and then drop a bomb on us.  I mean we already get enough of that from the actuall team.

Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2009 5:30 am

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Wrong Path?

Can we say Harrison Barnes is going down the wrong path?

In Ames, IA, every resident and student, or most, feel that Ames is the best place to live, go to school, raise a family... and I am not sure that it is a wrong statement.  ISU is an awesome educational institution with tremendous athletic programs and Ames, IA, is a fantastic town to live and raise a family.  

With that being said, Harrison Barnes probably was considering attending ISU.  As a child being raised in Ames he followed closely ISU basketball.  While starting his career in basketball, playing competitively in Ames, the Cyclones had a definite impact on his young life.  I am sure there were many pick-up ball games where he and his buddies were dreaming of playing for ISU.  How many buzzer beaters do you think that he and his friends played out...?

I was not in Ames, IA to see or hear all the antics or misrepresentation, but put yourself in his shoes.  He wanted to play for ISU, it had to have been a very difficult decision.  

I am sure he wanted to tell Ames, IA, I am staying right here in Ames, IA, and I am going to contribute in participating with a competitive basketball team that has a very good chance to compete in the Big 12 and possibly go on to the NCAA dance.  

That is what he wanted...  Could he say that...?  

It is disappointing, but do you blame one of the "Top" basketball prospects in the country for wanting to include his friends in his announcement...?  He wanted to say, I am a Cyclone and I always will be, but he couldn't.

There is something wrong with the ISU Basketball Program, that's what's the "Wrong Path".  This should've been a "Slam Dunk" for Ames, IA, and ISU!  This kid grew up a Cyclone and the ISU Cyclone Basketball Program could not keep him.

I think it is time for ISU fans to ask, Who is taking the wrong path?  Could it be the ISU Basketball Program?

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