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Harrison Barnes emerged last spring through his play in the various AAU tournaments, the Nike Hoop Jamboree, and ultimately the LeBron James Skills Academy to become one of the most coveted recruits in the country and in the history of his native state, Iowa.
Through skilled play, a high caliber of athleticism, and a excellent mix of basketball IQ and work ethic, Barnes has materialized from a non-traditional basketball area to become arguably the top ranked prospect in the 2010 class.
After finishing the drills portion of the LeBron James Skills Academy, the hyper-articulate 6’8” Iowan sat down with Blue Devil Nation to discuss a variety of topics, from what his feelings are on AAU ball and whether he views himself as a role model to whether he feels there is a target on his back as the consensus top ranked player in his class and what he took away from his visits to Duke University.
Blue Devil Nation:
What are you looking for on your unofficial visits?
On my unofficial visits?
Yes, what have you looked for on your various unofficial visits?
Oh, I just try to keep an open mind and see what each individual university has to offer, both academically and in terms of their program.
What are some lessons or things you’ve learned from reading the Millionaire’s Mind? My friend wrote an article on you recently and, in it, he mentioned that you were reading it as your sort of summer book.
I would just say they to focus on grade point averages and…grade point averages and…I
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