PG Barber takes step into the elite

Point guard Anthony Barber (Hampton, Va./Hampton) has been sensational in June and July. Considering only the point guards, Barber’s moved his stock to a different level and is sitting as the nation’s No. 3 point at this moment. How’d he do it?

“I’m shooting the ball better and being more vocal as a point guard,” Barber said. “I’m not going at the same speed all the time and I’ve learned how to slow down. I think I’ve improved more as a point guard than I was last year.”

Barber and his Boo Williams AAU team faced adversity in the spring. With plenty of talent, Boo Williams couldn’t get it right and was in jeopardy of missing its first Peach Jam. Then, in Oakland at the final Nike Elite Youth Basketball League session, they got the mix down.

“Before the games, in the hotel I’d get everybody focused. We weren’t playing around; we just came out and balled.

“We were using a new system, with new players. Everybody had to get the feel of how people played. As the season went on, we came together as a team and we found how to win. Hopefully we continue that.”

Barber balled at the NBPA Top 100 Camp as well. He came out strong and distinguished himself, setting up his big July. Once camp ended, he headed to Alabama for an unofficial visit. There he met up with Anthony Grant, the former VCU coach who spent time recruiting prospects from Virginia. Alabama is definitely in the mix.

Kansas, Louisville and NC State will provide the competition and who knows, maybe the list gets longer. Unlike some of his peers, Barber needs time. The only school on his list he’s seen is Bama.

“I just want to view all the schools before I can make my decision,” Barber said. “I think it’ll come down to how comfortable I am at all the schools, knowing where I can come in and play and being real comfortable with the system.”