We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Dee Barnett of New Hanover.
We’ve seen Barnett in various different settings, including at open gym prior to the season, where we stated, “Barnett has feel, that is the best and most simple way to describe how he plays. An effortless shooter with a smooth handle, Barnett is not overly quick (but he always gets his to his spots) or explosive athletic (always seems to finish at the rim) but his feel for the game is next level. He will be given the keys to this New Hanover team this year, and will most likely lead them in scoring. Exciting couple of years to come for him, watch closely.”
He came off an impressive high school season, averaging 11.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, and 2.3 SPG while showcasing his ability to effectively run a team on both sides of the ball. Barnett exemplifies great maturity and leadership, particularly for his age, and understands how to elevate his supporting cast. New Hanover has talent, coaching, and history but can struggle to draw college coaches form their location. However, that hasn’t affected Barnett or the rest of his cohorts, who have maintained their high level of success and consistency. After playing up and being battle-tested over the years, calling Barnett anything other than a scholarship-worthy prospect would be unfair. It’s still early, but it would be shocking if college coaches didn’t start pursuing the point guard sooner than later.