At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of 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 2024 Cal Barrett at Bishop McGuinness.

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“Next, we look at a player that possesses a lot of ability as a polished inside-out threat, Cal Barrett. He’s a long, skilled, unselfish forward/post prospect with a smooth shooting stroke and a fairly versatile offensive game. Barrett has grown, gotten stronger, and expanded his game over the recent months. He’s still a quality floor-spacer from midrange and beyond the arc, but has also gotten tougher as a finisher, rebounder, and interior defender. Barrett moves well for his size, makes solid passes, and provides a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his consistency off the dribble, as it would make him an even more dynamic shooting threat. Coach Shivers on Barrett: ‘Cal has lots of potential. He’s a good defender at his position and around the rim. Displays touch and post ability. Cal needs to learn his worth and be more selfish at times. There were times when I wanted to see him demand the ball.’ Barrett did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should be a target for various college coaches over the next calendar year.”

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Barrett is such an intriguing prospect who holds offers already but could be a late steal for a program. Barrett brings a unique feel at 6’8, a player who shows a strong skill set and can hurt you in a variety of ways. As Coach Thompson said, Barrett is a Swiss Army Knife on the court, as he is one of the winningest seniors in Bishop McGuinness’ history. The unsigned senior is one that can play and operate from multiple positions. He’s steadily evolved from a floor-spacer into a skilled, athletic, well-rounded forward. Barrett is long, fluid, and plays with a solid motor on both ends of the floor. He displays touch around the basket, reliable shooting from midrange and beyond the arc, and the ability to attack off the bounce. Barrett can play above the rim and finish through contact but is also capable of taking whatever the defense gives him. And the fact that he impacts the game in blocking shots, finding teammates, and being active on the boards, Barrett can be used in so many ways.