AJ Barnes

Posted On: 09/26/20 10:00 AM

2022 Newcomers

These rising juniors played their way into the rankings. Here’s some of the highest debutants.


52. 6-3 CG Asher WoodsAsherWoods6'3" | CGParkview | 2022StateGA – Parkview

Now that Miles Kelly is gone, Asher WoodsAsherWoods6'3" | CGParkview | 2022StateGA will have plenty of scoring chances alongside Gwinnett County’s returning leading scorer Jason EdwardsJasonEdwards5'11" | CGParkview | 2021StateGA. Woods had a strong summer both scoring and distributing. Up to 6-foot-3 now, Woods’ game is continuing to diversify.

53. 6-5 W AJ BarnesAJBarnes6'5" | SFEagle's Landing | 2022StateGA – Eagle’s Landing[player_tooltip player_id=

I love the potential AJ BarnesAJBarnes6'5" | SFEagle's Landing | 2022StateGA holds with his size, strength, athleticism and skill. He’s the complete package tool-wise. Barnes is tough in the paint and has quick leaping abilities, able to corral misses and score before defenders can get their second jump. Barnes pushes the ball in transition and can get all the way to the hoop. He’s got a three-point shot that is respectable and can pull out defenses. Though their games are different, I could see Barnes posting stat stuffing lines like former teammate Kirshon ThrashKirshonThrash6'5" | CGEagle's Landing | 2020StateGA (Presbyterian) did.

54. 6-8 W Nate BraffordNateBrafford6'8" | SFRabun Gap | 2022StateGA

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