- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
The 2013 class has a strong group of point guards at the top, and Anthony "Cat" Barber (Hampton, Va./Hampton) deserves to be mentioned with players such as Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Nate Britt (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College HS) and Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy). Barber's recruitment reflects it.
"Things have really picked up," said Barber, who is drawing the most interest from Kansas, Alabama, Virginia, Florida State and NC State. He is also showing strong interest in Georgia Tech, Missouri and SMU and has visited Virginia and North Carolina. "I am looking for a school where I can play early in my career, but I know I have to work for it. I am looking at schools that have had great point guards and have been successful."
He is a scoring point guard who pushes the ball with tremendous speed in transition, and his ability to find people on the break or finish the play makes him a dual threat.
Whether it's a fast-paced game or a grind-it-out affair, Barber can play and win in any situation.
"He can beat you at your pace of play," Hampton coach Eric Brown said. "He wants the pressure to fall on him. He wants to be the one responsible for the outcome, win or lose. He always believes in himself and we believe in him."
In the half-court set, his speed and quickness stand out because he has the ability to blow by his defender with a low shoulder, and then his wiry, strong frame allows him to get into the lane to score, get to the free throw line or deliver a nifty assist.
He also recognizes when to shoot and his midrange jumper is solid, but his long-range shooting is streaky at this stage of his development. In order for him to be a complete scorer, he must be able to make open shots behind the arc and make defenses pay. Time dedicated in the gym, working on his shooting, will improve this weakness.
As Barber has matured on the floor, he has also learned to trust his teammates and make his teammates better, but he knows there is still work to be done.
"I still need to work on my decision-making as a point guard."
He is ranked No. 24 overall in the 2013 class, but don't be surprised if that ranking changes.