He’s becoming a the ultimate small town sports star. Since blowing up at the Kingwood Classic, Korvotney Barber has been speaking to youth groups, little league teams and even Cub Scout packs about respect and what it takes to do your best. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound power forward from Manchester (Ga.) High School has gained the respect of a number of schools, too.
The all-power, all-the-time energy player said his life has not been the same since taking the somewhat mum class of 2005 by storm in April. Barber, who is ranked No. 71 by Rivals.com, is an explosive athlete that loves physical play. College recruiters love his energy, too. Just ask his mailman.
“Oh man, I get mail everyday right now,” Barber said. “They stuff it into my mailbox. Sometimes they’ve had to bring it to the door because there has been so much mail.”
Barber has been busy, making trips to some of the respective schools that send the mail, too. He’s taking the time to see the in-state schools and has plans to get out of the state relatively soon.
“I visited Georgia Tech this past Sunday,” Barber said. “That was pretty cool. It was my first time to go there. I like the whole school, the atmosphere. Jarrett Jack was there hanging out. I had a chance to meet him. That was cool. We just hung out on campus. I liked it.”
Two weeks prior to his trip to Atlanta, Barber was in SEC country, seeing the campus of Georgia. The reserved prospect said the trip was similar to the one with the Yellow Jackets. Now he’s got his sights set on Auburn, the school closest to his South Georgia home. All three schools have offered a scholarship. Miami (Fla.) has offered, too.
“I just want to see how I feel with the surroundings when I visit,” Barber said. “All of these schools are different and have different qualities. I’m still open. I want to see all that I can. When I find the one that makes me the most comfortable, I’ll probably decide on that one.”
Barber said he’d like to have a decision by the end of July. He’s took the SAT on June 5 and feels like he did well enough for a qualify score.
His next stop is the NBA Players Association camp in Virginia. He’ll also play in the adidas Superstar camp in Atlanta.