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 “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events 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 Kahlif Barnes of Piedmont Classical.
We’ve seen Barnes numerous times during the travel and high school seasons, most recently stating, “Rebounding is one of the few traits that seem to translate at every level, and Kahlif Barnes continues to make his case as the best rebounder across North Carolina. It might not be as sexy as forty-foot stepbacks or crossing opponents onto the floor, but rebounding has a direct correlation with on-court success. Barnes has always possessed this foundation as a physical, high-motor presence with an incredible nose for the ball. However, the development of all other facets of his game is what has stood out as of late. Without compromising his phenomenal interior presence, Barnes is beginning to space the floor at an increasingly reliable rate. Being able to hit midrange jumpers and three-pointers off the catch seamlessly complements his bouncy, explosive nature. Barnes plays hard at all times, doesn’t require the ball to be impactful, and more than carries his weight as a hustle player. He will go chest-to-chest with opponents above the rim, but can also finish around or through contact effectively. Barnes is already a very useful addition to any collection of players, which should have the attention of scholarship-coaches going forward.”
Arguably the best pure rebounder in the state, one can easily envision a scenario where Barnes becomes a definite priority for college coaches over the next year or so. 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.