Rivals.com was impressed with what it saw last spring from 2010 prospect Harrison Barnes. According to Ames (Iowa) Senior High School head coach Vance Downs, his 6-foot-6, 187-pound small forward has only gotten better.
"Harrison has improved dramatically since last spring," said Coach Downs. "And that's a mouthful since he was pretty good then. He's really worked hard to improve his perimeter game, and we've seen a lot of great things from him."
With two games under his belt, Barnes is averaging 18 points and five rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field. But numbers do not do justice to Barnes' game.
"He can play any position for us," said Downs. "That's how versatile he is. He is going to be a uniquely talented wing player on the college level. He has a back to the basket game and can also face you up and put the ball on the floor or hit the three."
With a number of schools recruiting him, Barnes presently has offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Indiana State. Along with these three schools, Wisconsin has been in the gym this fall to watch Barnes play.
A decision from Barnes, however, will not be coming until farther down the road.
"He wants to wait until at least his junior year before he makes a decision," said Downs. "He wants to make sure he makes the right decision."