A Harrison Barnes’ Odyssey

March 29th, 2010 by Marcus Shockley Leave a reply »
A blogger who lives in Iowa and writes The Pete Myers Rules, a blog that often waxes poetic about days gone by in the NBA (such as when Charles Barkley was known as a stud power forward and not for being a complete buffoon), has written an extensive post about his journey to see Ames, Iowa high school basketball star Harrison Barnes (SF, 6′7″, 2010), a UNC commit and possibly the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft.

The journey to see Barnes in person is detailed, down to the stumbling up the stairs to the top of the Wells Fargo arena in a slightly inebriated state, the sets that the Ames High School team employs, and how Barnes is used. It makes a strong visual, particularly if you’ve seen Ames play this season:

"They basically try to bait teams into throwing lazy passes to the middle of the floor where Barnes lurks. Barnes’ job is to play the passing lanes and use his amazing quickness to pick off passes and head the other way for dunks."

Barnes' effect on the games this season has been to pull the focus of the defense on him and free up several other Ames players, and Ames is not a one man show. Sioux City East, ...

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