Posted On: 04/23/21 12:00 PM

It wasn’t a full 10 minutes after senior wing Davon Barnes Davon Barnes 6'5" | SF Collierville | 2021 State TN announced his pledge to Texas Southern University that he walked past me and asked "Are you surprised I pick this school?"

My response was "No."

Without hesitation, the 6-foot-5 wing put on the black Texas Southern University Nike hat with his family at his side.

Barnes was a late bloomer in the 2021 class, not in terms of development, but in terms of recognition. He started as a freshman under head coach Jesus Patino at White Station High School and impressed not only Patino but the rest of the staff. From day one, Barnes had high upside, with the full potential to be a productive player at the next level.

Barnes started for the next two seasons for the Spartans and had one of the best senior seasons in the state of Tennessee in 2020. Under a new coach in Scottie Robinson and a new system, Barnes helped Collierville reach the semifinals round of the TSSAA Class AAA Boys’ State Tournament.

Barnes averaged 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds for a Dragons team that was mentally and physically tough.

The new commit for the Texas Southern Tigers has

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