June 1, 2008

Barnes lands two new offers

It was only a matter of time before the recruitment of Harrison Barnes started to get more national attention and that is well underway. This past week, the multi-talented 6-foot-6 and 190 pound wing forward from Ames picked up two new offers, including one from a Big Ten school.

"Yesterday, Indiana and TCU offered me," Barnes said.

On Friday, new Indiana Coach Tom Crean spoke with Barnes to extend the scholarship opportunity in Bloomington.

"I talked to Coach Crean and we talked about my game and how I want to improve and then he offered me the chance to come to Indiana University. He said he wanted to be part of my recruitment."

That brings his scholarship offer total to four, with several other schools starting to heavily recruit the talented all state forward. He says the most aggressive schools who have not offered are Texas, Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Illinois, DePaul, and Oklahoma.

Barnes had planned on attending the Iowa Elite Camp later in June, but he has been invited to the NBA Players Camp in Virginia the same weekend and will be there instead. But, he still hopes to make another trip to Iowa City soon.

"The Iowa coaches have been talking to me about getting there for another visit since I cannot attend their camp. I am going to try and make a visit there this summer to spend more time with them," Barnes said.

The rest of Barnes summer will be jam packed with basketball including several high profile events. In addition to the NBA Players Camp, he will be attending the Nike Hoops Jamboree in St. Louis for underclassmen. His AAU team, All Iowa Attack, will hit the road in July for tournaments in Milwaukee, Kentucky, Orlando, and Kansas City

More offers are expected to come his way in July as college coaches become aware of the skilled wing player, but his focus is on improving his overall game and getting better as a basketball player.

"I feel like I have improved my ball handling and my spot up shooting. That has been my real focus this spring and summer," he said.

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