Thursday, January 28, 2016

Barba Explodes for 41 in Middle School Game

Andy Barba-SG 2020 Chagrin Falls, OH.
We don’t care at what level it happens; anytime any player drops 41 points in a game it’s worth noting.  Andy Barba, (6’2/SG/2020/Chagrin Falls) did just that last Friday, as he led his 1 loss Gilmore Academy Middle School team to a 51-41 victory over Osborne Academy.  On the night, Barba knocked about 6 treys, went 8 of 10 from the charity strip and was relentless to the bucket.  Barba’s outburst was no fluke, as he is averaging 33-34 points per game this season, despite being double-teamed and schemed against.  Of note is the fact that this is Barba’s 3rd season with the program, and his second season playing with the 8th grade squad.  Additionally, in all likelihood, Barba’s team will repeat as conference champions.

Barba is skilled, with an all-around game.  Also, he shoots it well and has little problem getting to the cup; however, his primary role for his Ohio Basketball Club travel team is serving as a facilitator.  In terms of his upside potential, Barba already his good size at 6’2”, and projects to grow to about 6’6”.  In addition, his brother, Pete Barba, is 6’6” and is currently playing college basketball at Columbia University.  According to his father, the younger Barba “is way better than Pete was at the same age.”  There are never any guarantees, but a betting man might conclude that Barba projects as a D-I athlete based on his current skill set and genetics. 

In terms of where we see him, Barba is listed among other potential top players on our list of the top 60 players in the state in the class of 2020.  Consequently, he has a good chance of making our All-State team and receiving an invitation to the Ohio North vs South All-Star Game in September. You can catch Barba in action at our March 12th elite showcase here in Columbus.

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