Harrison Barnes clears up Duke/UNC rumors
Words. Harrison Barnes
Ames High (Iowa) star Harrison Barnes sent us this press release — before any other media outlet — to clear up any discrepancies from last week’s perceived swoop-in by North Carolina coach Roy Williams:
Earlier this week, BusterSports.com (Raleigh, N.C.) reported about my in-home visits. My family and I felt that hosting prospective schools in our home was personal and private; therefore our in-home visit schedule was not available to the public.
Well, we had to be flexible. Iowa State had a contact on the night of UNC’s visit; Oklahoma conducted their in-home visit the same day as UCLA’s contact.
Although Buster’s Dave Odom acknowledges that most of what he reported was unsubstantiated, he went on to state what he knew was “true” in his report. Odom stated, “Mike Krzyzewski, during the recruitment of Harrison Barnes, had asked he and his family, and the high school coach let me have the last home visit.”
I would like to shed light on this process, since there is now speculation that Coach K’s request to my family was not upheld. I take my recruiting and the process in which I’ve established in selecting a school very serious, so when I hear a statement that is not factual and has no merit then it’s time to address it.
During the scheduling of my in-home visits at no point did Coach K say to my family and I that he wanted the “last” home visit, or did I say to him or his staff that I want you to have the “last” home visit. I have unofficially visited Coach K and Duke University on three occasions, so the “last” in-home visit was not going to make or break the relationship we’ve established.
Initially, coach Roy Williams, UNC, requested their in-home visit date with a return visit on October 5 since it was likely that I would have open gym that night. I notified UNC that we were not allowing additional in-home visits, so we agreed that they would have a contact on that date for approximately twenty minutes at my high school gym.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski requested the first in-home visit date, which we both agreed. As we were confirming the visit they also wanted an additional date, which was October 5. Once we started to go through the schedule it made more sense for us to have Duke conduct their in-home closer to their official visit date than to come in on September 9, their original request. Coach K wanted to see me on the first day of the contact period so we had a contact at my high school on that day.
During the contact period, September 9 – October 5, 2009, Duke used all three of their contact visits, while UNC used two contacts and one evaluation visit.
I didn’t have school on Monday, October 5; therefore open gym was Tuesday night, October 6. I could have easily met UNC at Ames High for a brief meeting, but since I had a few additional questions for Coach Williams I invited them back into my home. End of story.