Posted on: November 5, 2009 4:01 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2009 4:33 pm
Shirley Barnes, the mother of top-ranked recruit Harrison Barnes, confirmed to CBSSports.com that her son will announce his college decision Nov. 13.
"H called the coaches," she wrote in an email. "They are aware that he's going to announce by signing his Letter of Intent on Nov. 13."
(That's next Friday, if you don't have a calendar handy.)
Barnes is a 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa.
He'll pick between Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and UCLA.
His final visit will be to Iowa State this weekend.
Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:26 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2009 3:30 pm
Things have been turbulent at Kansas thanks to fights and Facebook and Brady Morningstar's drinking-and-driving charge. But proof that prospects don't generally care about such things as much as journalists is that KU remains the only school in contention for the two prospects considered the nation's best: Harrison Barnes and Brandon Knight.
Here's Barnes' list:
Even better for KU is that it seems likely Barnes and Knight will visit campus Oct. 17 for Late Night in the Phog.
Posted on: September 25, 2009 8:58 am
Scout.com's top-ranked player in the Class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, has scheduled his remaining visits.
Barnes -- a 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa -- has already visited North Carolina officially.
Posted on: August 23, 2009 4:35 pm
Harrison Barnes, Scout.com's top player in the Class of 2010, has narrowed his list of possible colleges.
That list (according to Scout.com):
No timetable has been made for his final decision.
Meantime, Xavier got a commitment from a Top 100 prospect on Sunday. Justin Martin, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to the Musketeers just before leaving from a weekend visit to campus. Scout.com ranks him as the 87th-best prospect in the country.
Posted on: August 4, 2009 10:06 am
The National Hoops Report has finalized its Top 25 for the Class of 2010.
The rankings are as follows:
1. Harrison Barnes
2. Perry Jones (committed to Baylor )
3. Brandon Knight
4. Jared Sullinger (committed to Ohio State )
5. Fab Melo
6. Will Barton (committed to Memphis )
7. Reggie Bullock (committed to North Carolina )
8. Adreian Payne
9. Joe Jackson
10. Tony Mitchell
11. Tobias Harris
12. Jelan Kendrick
13. Kyrie Irving
14. Dwight Powell
15. Tristan Thompson (committed to Texas )
16. Deshaun Thomas (committed to Ohio State )
17. Doron Lamb
18. Dion Waiters (committed to Syracuse )
19. Josh Selby
20. Patric Young (committed to Florida )
21. Cameron Clark
22. Kendall Marshall (committed to North Carolina )
23. Terrence Jones
24. Keala King
25. Justin Coleman
Posted on: July 14, 2009 3:31 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2009 3:34 pm
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The summer basketball career of Harrison Barnes came to a close Tuesday morning.
His team from Minnesota lost to a team from Maryland in their final game of pool play.
They finished 2-3 in this Nike Peach Jam.
"And 2-3 won't get you anywhere," said Shirley Barnes, the mother of Scout.com's No. 1 player and quite possibly the neatest mother of any No. 1 player I've ever met. She works in the music department at Iowa State, is full of smiles and laughs and conversation. After spending 30 minutes with her this afternoon, it's clear she's the reason college coaches are in love with her son, both on and off the court.
Seriously, she's just a joy of a woman.
Coaches are going to have a blast when the in-home visits begin.
As for Barnes the player, he's opting not to compete in Las Vegas next week, meaning his summer basketball career is done. The 6-foot-8 wing has gone from an unknown talent in Iowa to the nation's most celebrated prospect in a matter of two years, but his recruitment is far from over with Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, Florida and Iowa State -- plus several others -- all still battling for his services. Ideally, Shirley Barnes said her son would like to sign in the early period in November. But the problem with that plan is that Harrison Barnes doesn't want to take his five official visits during football season because, well, he's not going to be a football player.
"He's not going to college to play football; he's going to college to play basketball," Shirley Barnes said. "So he doesn't need to see all the glory (of a football atmosphere in the fall). He wants to visit during basketball season, go to a basketball game, watch the coach interact with the players, that kind of stuff. So I'm not sure what he's going to do."
Neither is anybody else, it seems.
But rest assured, the best programs in America are anxious to find out.
Posted on: July 13, 2009 10:45 am
Edited on: July 13, 2009 10:46 am
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The Nike Peach Jam is living up to its reputation as the best summer basketball tournament for high school prospects thanks to four games going on at all times under one roof. I could list all the coaches here watching, but that would be pointless, because they are pretty much all here save Tennessee's Bruce Pearl, who is in Israel coaching the United States in the 18th Maccabiah Games.
(Pearl was featured in the Jerusalem Post this week, by the way.)
Anyway, the scene is pretty typical -- a bunch of coaches walking around in shorts and shirts representing their schools. Jeff Capel has an Oklahoma logo, Sean Miller has an Arizona logo, Bob Huggins has a West Virginia logo. And then there's Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who opened the event in a Team USA shirt because, presumably, it's never a bad idea to remind recruits that you are the man who could someday help them play in the Olympics. Or not.
As for actual news, the big story (relatively speaking, of course) is that the consensus top two players in the Class of 2010 -- Harrison Barnes and Brandon Knight -- have both suffered injuries. Barnes cut his non-shooting hand and had to get stitches while Knight came down on somebody's foot and suffered what appeared to be a sprained foot.
Barnes is expected to play today.
Knight is not.