A new name on the radar, Will Barrett, a 6-8 class of 2009 combo forward from Central Bucks South HS in Pennsylvania. According to CAAInsider, Barrett has an offer:
Barrett has now narrowed his list down to, Michigan, Princeton, Columbia, Davidson, Bucknell and William & Mary. All 5 schools have already extended scholarship offers.
Here is what Hoopville had to say on Barrett’s play at the Summer Classic East:
His stock probably rose more from this event than anyone else, and justifiably so as he had a solid day on Friday. The lanky combo forward showed some promise early, as he was active, blocked shots and showed ball skills and the ability to finish getting the ball off of a cut. Then he turned up the volume on each and scored on drives and from long range, going for 23 points in his last game of the day. Big East coaches are paying attention, although he might not quite be at that level as a high-major minus prospect.
ESPN also has a very positive opinion on Barrett’s game, giving him a 72 rating:
Barrett has effectively made the transition from a face-up four man to a true three man. He has tremendous size for the perimeter and is a huge mismatch problem for opposing defenses. Although his jump shot remains somewhat streaky with skewed mechanics, he has improved to the point where he is a legitimate threat from behind the three-point line when his feet are set, as well as off the dribble from 12-18 feet. His ability to handle the ball has also noticeably improved in recent months as he handles it in the open floor, is rarely rattled by pressure, and can put it on the deck to get to the rim. Although he isn’t explosively athletic he is very efficient getting to the basket, because he has a long first step and strides out all the way to the rim. His back to the basket pedigree is a huge advantage when guarded by smaller players as he can score over either shoulder on the low post. Barrett also does a number of the little things well on the offensive end as he shows his high I.Q. and good feel for the game by passing well and moving without the ball. His size and length makes him a solid defensive player, although he still has plenty of room for improvement. He also rebounds the ball very well from the perimeter. Physically, he has a cut body, but plenty of room on his frame for more muscle mass.
Barrett was on campus this weekend and reportedly had a great time. Looking at the offer list, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Barrett jump on the Michigan offer very soon. We will have to see in the next couple weeks if Barrett set’s any time frame for his decision.
Underclassmen. I also got an email from Jamal Richards who is starting a new scouting service in Michigan called We Fly High Ballers. They will be ranking the top kids in Michigan from 2009-2012. He also forwarded me a list of visitors from this weeks football game and tailgate which included: Brandan Kearney 6’4 CG 2011 Detroit Southeastern, Trey Ziegler 6’5 CG 2010 Mount Pleasant, Anthony Fields 6’0 PG 2010 Detroit Southeastern Transfer from Lake Orion, Percy Gibson 6’8 PF 2011 Detroit Southeastern, Carlton Brundidge 6’1 2G 2011 Southfield High, and Ray Lee 6’0 2G 2012 Robichuiad. Some big names in the list including Trey and Brandan who we have talked a lot about.
More Notes. InsidePrepSports is also reporting that 2010 guard Sultan Muhammed made a recent visit to Ann Arbor. Lou Dawkins says that Michigan and Georgetown are on top for 2010 PF Nate Lubick. Dickie V has UConn #3 in his preseason top 40. 2010 PF Alex Gauna took a trip down to Bloomington ($) while Russell Byrd was watching football with Izzo ($). Colt Ryan committed to Evansville ($). Hornbuckle is visiting ASU ($).