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Iowa recruit dazzles in tourney

July 30, 2008

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— Harrison Barnes may be considered a small forward by recruiting Web sites because of his 6-foot-6, 196 pound frame.

But ask him what "position" he plays and the Ames (Iowa) High junior-to-be has a better answer.

"I'd just describe myself as a basketball player," Barnes said. "Position-wise, I can bring it up, I can be on the wing and sometimes I can post up the small guys. I think that will help me in college because I'll be put in different situations and have to play different positions. I'm already doing that now, so I can get used to it."

It's that versatility that has Barnes ranked No. 6 overall in the class of 2010 by Rivals.com.

After his performance Tuesday in All-Iowa Attack's 73-59 victory over Urban DFW Elite in the Price Chopper Tournament at Okun Fieldhouse, his self analysis may not be too far off.

The Kansas University men's basketball prospect showed his abilities in the post with six rebounds and on the perimeter by hitting back-to-back three pointers in the second half.

What also impressed the college scouts was his ball-handling on the final play of the first half. Barnes split two defenders in the lane and finished with a lay-up before the buzzer.

Barnes admitted after the game that it took plays like that to help people get past the fact he's from Iowa.

"That adds a lot more motivation and drives me to become an even better player," Barnes said about Iowa not being known for its basketball. "I've got to work as hard as I can just so I can be better than some of those kids that come from basketball hotbeds like Texas, New York, North Carolina or Chicago."

There was plenty of motivation for Barnes with the presence of KU assistant coach Joe Dooley and head coaches Greg McDermott of Iowa State and Tom Crean from Indiana, along with assistants from Duke, Florida and Kentucky.

"He's really handled the recruiting well. He's really just kind of taking it in and has embraced it," said All-Iowa Attack coach Jake Sullivan, a former Iowa State point guard. "I told him, 'You've got a great opportunity to affect a lot of people outside of just basketball, because of who you are. And you've got to embrace that and take advantage of that.' His goal when it's all said and done is: How do I win a national championship in college? And how do I get to the NBA and become the best?"

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Jazzy's new forward: Urban DFW Elite coach Jazzy Hartwell may have found his successor to former KU player Darrell Arthur.

Hartwell said Cameron Clark, a junior-to-be at Sherman (Texas) High, has KU on his list of schools.

"I've got some nice young talent. We're real young," Hartwell said. "I've got a wing guy in Cameron Clark, that (KU) coach (Bill) Self really loves at about 6-foot-7."

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Self in Vegas: Self, Kentucky's Billy Gillispie and Memphis' John Calipari were in Las Vegas on Tuesday to watch Oklahoma Athletes First players Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton compete in the National Youth Basketball Championships.

Henry, a 6-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, told lasvegassun.com he will choose either KU, Memphis, Texas or UCLA after visiting all four schools this fall. Orton, a 6-10 center from Oklahoma City McGuinness, told the Web site he's considering KU, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Ohio State and Kentucky.

Henry didn't compete in Tuesday's game because of what is believed to be a minor knee injury suffered last week.

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