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Carolina-bound Barnes named Mr. Basketball

March 16, 2010

Ames High School standout Harrison Barnes has been named Iowa's Mr. Basketball by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Barnes earned his third all-state honor in the 2009-10 season as he averaged 26.1 points and 10 rebounds per game for a Little Cyclone team that repeated as undefeated Class 4A state champions. Barnes shot 62 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range.

"Harrison Barnes is the most complete offensive player in the Class of 2010," Scouts Inc.'s national recruiting director Paul Biancardi told "He possesses all the skills for an elite small forward."

The captain of the 4A all-tournament team at state, Barnes passed Fred Hoiberg as the leading scorer in Ames history and finished with 1,787 career points.

"He is a great student, a big-time player, and he has a tremendous amount of self-discipline," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said when Barnes signed with the Tar Heels. "Harrison is very talented. He's a tremendous scorer, a tremendous basketball player. He knows how to play. He can really shoot and he can put the ball on the floor. It's like Coach (Dean) Smith would say about Tiger Woods - he's got the total package."

Barnes was recently named the country's high school player of the year as the recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award. He also has been named a McDonald's All-American joining Nick Collison (Iowa Falls, 1999), Raef LaFrentz (MFL-Mar-Mac, 1994) and Al Lorenzen (Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 1984) as the only Iowa preps to receive the honor.

Fact Box

Mr. Basketball

(Last 11 award winners)

2010Harrison Barnes, Ames

2009Brennan Cougill, Bishop Heelan

2008Matt Gatens, Iowa City High

2007Clayton Vette, Waverly-Shell Rock

2006Jason Bohannon, Linn-Mar

2005Josh Van Es, MOC-Floyd Valley

2004Carlton Reed, Waterloo East

2003Brooks McKowen, Wapsie Valley

2002Jeff Horner, Mason City

2001Tyler McKinney, Urbandale

2000Glen Worley, Iowa City West

During his four-year varsity career, Ames went 89-9. The Little Cyclones won 53 straight games dating back to the 2008-09 opener. Marshalltown handed Ames a loss in the 2008 substate final for the Little Cyclones' last defeat. Two of the three Ames losses in 2007-08 came to the Bobcats.



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