At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Tyree Barnes of Thomasville High School.
There are many factors that directly play into the recruitment process of any given prospect, from size and skill to location and reputation. Unfortunately, Barnes has been dealt a tough hand over the last calendar year. He epitomized leadership and production for Thomasville, quickly emerging as the focal point and showcasing the ability to carry a pretty successful team. Barnes is great at getting downhill and attacking the basket or midrange area, which is where he scores a majority amount of his points. However, it’s arguable that his trajectory over the last twelve-month period has been even more impressive. He’s continually added strength, sharpened his overall feel, and production simply followed in suit. Barnes’ ability to effectively run and be the primary option for a team proved to be worthwhile.
We’ve seen Barnes at multiple NC Phenom 150 camps, most recently stating: “Next, we look at a player that was able to highlight his offensive skillset pretty well throughout camp, Tyree Barnes. He’s a wiry wing prospect that plays hard on both sides of the ball and operates nicely within the team concept. Offensively, Barnes typically looks to get downhill and attack the basket, but also showed the ability to knock down open jumpers from the perimeter. Barnes finishes well with both hands around the basket, but can improve on kicking-out to the open man when under duress. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend the point of attack, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Huntley on Barnes: “Tyree can shoot the ball pretty well. He’s good in transition and has the ability to use both hands. He’s long and capable of containing a post player if necessary.” Barnes showcased a pretty intriguing skillset during camp and should be among the main contributors for his high school during the upcoming season.”
Barnes has only continued to elevate his game since attending camp, emerging as the undisputed leader of an on-the-rise Thomasville program. He led the team in scoring and rebounding while posting nightly averages of 19.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 2.1 SPG. Barnes also scored the ball with great efficiency, constantly attacking the basket and taking what the defense gave him, which led to an incredibly high 59% field goal percentage. Beyond that, he’s still getting physically stronger and could legitimately continue to unlock his game over the coming years at the next level.