Thursday, August 1, 2013
ESPN 100 SF Barnett chooses Texas
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 small forward Jordan Barnett (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers) committed to Texas on Thursday over offers from Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford and Iowa, among others.
Barnett, the No. 86 player in the ESPN 100, gets the Longhorns on the board in the Class of 2014 with a four-star prospect who was nationally recruited not only because of his on-court production but also because he is an excellent student and-high character young man.
ESPN 100 SF Jordan Barnett will bring his size and athleticism to Texas.
So why did Barnett choose the Longhorns and what will he bring to Texas?
“It was the fact that I felt the most comfortable there of any university I visited,” said Barnett, who made the trip to Austin in the spring after the Dallas Nike EYBL event.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound Barnett is a wing player with excellent size and matching athleticism, as he is long and quick off the floor. He is an excellent catch-and-shoot player, especially when he’s the recipient of a pass created by dribble penetration. Barnett also runs the floor well, can finish in highlight fashion, has a good handle and is a decent perimeter rebounder. In addition, he has the length and athletic ability to defend both wing positions in the Texas pressure man defense.
At Texas, Barnett will be a threat running the wing on the Longhorn fast break, and he could also be a pick-and-pop option because he can stretch the defense and his defender will have to know his whereabouts at all times.
Barnett will have to stay engaged in the game for longer periods of time and needs to improve his rebounding production given his length and athleticism. But make no mistake about it, he has the talent, size and basketball IQ to contribute as a freshman for the Longhorns with continued development.