Over the weekend the St. Louis all-stars captured the Missouri
Challenge championship as a part of the MBCA Hall of Fame weekend and not
surprisingly CBC (St. Louis) senior forward Jordan Barnett was at the center of
their success. Barnett was named Mr. Show-Me Basketball earlier Sunday at
the MBCA Academic All-State banquet, then scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds
and helped guide St. Louis to a 90-85 overtime victory over the Southwest
All-Stars in the afternoon.
Barnett joins an impressive list of Missouri seniors to have
earned the award including Bradley Beal, Tyler Hansbrough, Kareem Rush, David
Lee, Ryan Robertson, Anthony Peeler, and others. There have been many
impressive performances among them, but it's hard to top the explanation point
in which Barnett finished his season.
"Jordan just stood out", commented MBCA assistant Executive
Director Shawn Erickson. "He had an outstanding year, he guided his team to a
state championship, and he is truly a quality student-athlete."
Barnett averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds throughout the
season, leading his Cadets to the Class 5 state championship game in Columbia.
A 43-point, 20-rebound performance by the 6-foot-7 inch 190-pound senior in the
title game helped lead his team to an 86-77 victory over Hickman (Columbia).
Barnett plans to play his collegiate basketball in the
Big XII Conference for the Texas Longhorns.
"The addition of Jordan and Obie is another step in the right direction for our
program," Texas head coach Rick Barnes said. "Considering the number of players
that we have returning next year, we made a conscious effort that anyone we
added to our program would need to build on the general culture of our program.
We have also improved our talent level and become a much more athletic team by
adding Jordan and Obie."
"Jordan is a prototypical, athletic small forward," Barnes added. "He is a good
shooter and rebounder and a very high-character student-athlete."