Posted On: 03/29/20 3:00 PM
Oak Park River Forest 2021 shooting guard Isaiah BarnesIsaiahBarnes6'5" | SGSimeon | 2021State#165NationIL is a smooth two guard with a high ceiling for a prospect. At times he can carry his team with his scoring as a three level bucket getter. His upside as a prospect is evident with a smooth jumper and potential to be an all-around explosive weapon at 6’6”. Last week was a big week for the junior as he scored offers from Kansas, Maryland, and TCU. We caught up with him to discuss his season last year at OPRF.
“Our season at OPRF didn’t go the way I wished. We still have a lot to be proud about though. Going toe to toe with some of the best teams in the state and winning a few of those games. Individually I feel I played very well. This year really taught me how to be more of a leader. I was able to show a lot of different aspects of my game while performing. I feel as though I made a statement this year on the player I really am. Also bringing a high motor every single game.”
From a skill standpoint where did he see the most growth?
“Definitely shooting the ball. Also having the ball in my hands a lot this season made me get a feel for ball handling.”
Barnes talked about his big week where in a 48 hour span he landed three high-major offers.
“Teams are starting to take notice of the work I’ve put in. Each team gave me a call. We had great conversations then the offers came.”
The junior wing dove into each one of the new schools that extended scholarships.
“Kansas is big time. Great team every year and a great coaching staff that has been there for a while. They told me they’ve liked what they have been seeing and where they see me in a couple years from now.”
“TCU has a great program. They have amazing coaches and really care about their players. Also in one of the toughest conferences in the country.”
“The conversations went very well. They have a great history in basketball and always have a tough squad. Also amazing coaches.”
Another school that that has been involved in his recruitment is in-state Illinois. Where do things stand with them?
“It still stands the same. They’ve shown so much love and were the first big school to offer. All of that gets taken into consideration.”
He mentioned the schools that are in the most communication with him that haven’t offered.
“Currently Iowa, Michigan, and DePaul.”
Barnes plays with the Illinois Wolves on the travel team circuit.