Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TOBACCO ROAD RUNS THROUGH CORN COUNTRY

Six foot-six small forward Harrison Barnes of Ames, Iowa is good. How good?

So good that Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams made in-home visits to scout.com’s top-ranked recruit in the 2010 class – on the same night.

Vance Downs, Barnes coach at Ames (Iowa) High, told ACC NOW in a phone interview that he was not present during Monday night's visits, but he briefly discussed it with his star player Tuesday morning."That’s all I know, is that they were both there … and it was a busy night," Downs said.

In August, Barnes narrowed his list of schools to six choices: UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Iowa State. Downs said head coaches from all of the programs, except Iowa State, have now made in-home visits.

Downs also said Barnes has decided he will make his final decision before Nov. 16, his high school team’s first day of practice. "Originally, he had planned to wait until after the season, but he shared with me that he wants to wrap it up in November."

Head-to-head recruiting doesn’t happen as often as you might think, but it does happen. Other Tobacco road battles include Larry Miller (who chose UNC), Danny Ferry (Duke), Shane Battier (Duke) and Brandan Wright (UNC).

Barnes made his official visit to UNC last month, and is scheduled to visit Duke the weekend of Oct. 23.

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