There aren’t too many players in the state of South Carolina that brings more excitement and athleticism to the table than 6’3 Timothy Barnes from Gray Collegiate. Each time he gets out in transition, you wonder if this will be the next poster dunk he will have.
We got a great look at Barnes at the Savage Academy and the Stars Fall League, as he got the crowd on their feet on multiple occasions. He simply takes off with ease, flying through the air and over his opponents, while also bringing power at the rim. However, there is much more to his game as well.
Here is what was said about Barnes after our latest viewing at the Savage Academy:
“Barnes put on a show at the Savage Academy. From the first game to the last, he was catching everyone’s eyes and getting people out of their seats. If you haven’t seen his game yet, you certainly will want to as he is an explosive, get out of your seats, type of prospect. He looks to put opponents on a poster and does so impressively with power and athleticism. But he also showed that he can score on other levels, knocking down jumpers with his mid-range shot and from three.”
It was why there isn’t a surprise when he recently received his first Division I offer, going along with three Division II offers he already held. UMKC was the latest program to offer, now joining Miles College, Mount Olive, and Albany State.
“This was the best feeling in the world,” Barnes told Phenom Hoops. “They talked to me and kept it as real as possible with me like I was their player already and I love that. They love my game and my work ethic. The head coach and I kind of have the same high school story; he also said he felt I was an overlooked player. I feel that playing under the staff at UMKC would be great, fun, and very educational experience. It is almost like a dream come true that I don’t want to wake up from.”
The athletic guard may not be done with offers as well, as programs like Newberry, Coker, Lander, Lincoln Memorial, Army, Johnson C. Smith, and Converse College have all reached out recently as well.
Description of game (from Barnes):
“I feel like I am a dog on the court. I like to be the guy on the court when my team needs a bucket, they look for me. I love defense, the game doesn’t start until I’m on defense, I believe I can get to the cup at will, I like to guard the best player on the opposite team and I love winning as a team. The main thing I am hoping to work on is my long ball, getting my 3 point shot more consistent.”