August 18, 2008

Checking in on Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is the sixth-ranked basketball player in the class of 2010 according to Rivals.com. Barnes, a 6-foot-6 197-pound wing is also right in Iowa State's back yard. That's a combination that doesn't come around very often so landing Barnes would be nothing less than striking gold for Greg McDermott and the Iowa State men's basketball program.

Iowa State was the first program to offer Barnes back in May of 2007 when he was a freshman for the Ames High School Little Cyclones. A lot has changed since then, including the departure of two key fixtures in Barnes' recruitment. The first was the move of former Iowa State assistant Jean Prioleau who is now at TCU.

Barnes was also very close with the versatile Wesley Johnson who left Iowa State for Syracuse earlier this year.

With those two big changes, Iowa State still has a chance to land Barnes. In fact, they still appear to be a major player in this process that projects to be a long one.

"The fact that Iowa State is close helps," Barnes said. "The fact that they are in the Big 12, that helps a lot and the fact that I am so familiar with the coaching staff helps a lot."

McDermott and assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger have been handing the recruitment of Barnes for Iowa State.

"Coach McDermott is very personable and is very easy to talk to. He's a really good guy," Barnes said. "Coach Otzelberger is younger so I can relate to him with all sorts of things and he's also a great guy."

Barnes' recruitment has now essentially turned into a who's who in the world of college basketball as far as offers are concerned. Barnes holds offers from DePaul, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, USC, Tennessee, Texas and TCU.


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