Each and every time Phenom Hoops gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player.

Here is the latest commitment.

Player: Kahlif Barnes
Class: 2023
Committed to: Mount Olive

What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:

“When watching how he operates on the floor, Barnes does an excellent job in being patient and making smart decisions on the floor. He can be tough when flashing up towards the foul line; when he gets his touches, it usually leads to good things as he examines the floor well and looks first for his teammates/ open shots.  If that isn’t there, Barnes does an exceptional job in making something for himself, being able to put the ball on the deck and create for himself (has underrated handles for his size).”

“He’s an overwhelming physical presence with strength, athleticism, and relentless, seemingly nonstop energy. Barnes does an excellent job of altering shots and finishing around the basket, but doesn’t necessarily require a ton of touches to make a lasting impact. He runs the floor hard in transition and consistently positions himself for success on either side of the ball. It’s difficult to say anything other than positives about Barnes’ productive, low-maintenance identity, which should only continue to resonate with coaches over the foreseeable future.”

“At 6-foot-7, he’s long, strong, and very mobile. Barnes seems to understand that his value lies within blocking shots, dominating the glass, and being the most athletic finisher in the building. He competes for extra possessions, runs the floor properly in transition, and can knock down the occasional perimeter jumper if necessary. In looking at Barnes frame, he’s actually quite lean and could easily add a lot of muscle—which is somewhat surprising given his strong, physical nature. College coaches should be able to recognize the ability and remaining upside he possesses.”

“Concluding the list, Barnes has already seen various schools get involved with his recruitment. However, he could still be poised for a potential breakout season at Piedmont Classical. He’s a strong, mobile, explosive big man who knows how to make his presence consistently felt as a rebounder, shot-altering presence, and finisher above the rim. Barnes is tough, scrappy, and doesn’t need a lot of touches to make a lasting impression. He finds constant success by running the floor, positioning himself for success, and capitalizing on offensive opportunities whenever available. Barnes should continue accumulating offers.”