College Recruiting Notebook – Jeff’s Barnhizer Headed For Big Ten, Commits To Northwestern
Lafayette Jefferson’s Brooks Barnhizer is a fiery kind of player. He competes night-in, night-out with dogged tenacity. Kind of like his future college coach, Chris Collins, used to in his Cameron Crazy days.
Jeff’s 6-6 nails-tough wing guard committed to Northwestern earlier this week. Barnhizer is as complete a player as there is in the state of Indiana right now. Stuffing the stat sheet for 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game in 2020, he connected on 55 percent of his shots from the field and 46 percent of his 3-point bombs from long distance.
Collins started in the backcourt for Coach K at Duke, playing in the 1994 NCAA Finals. The spunky guard learned from the best and his aggressive, emotionally-charged approach to the game has translated nicely to the bench. Collins has headed the Northwestern program since 2013 and in 2017 took the Wildcats into their first NCAA Tournament and got them their first win in the Big Dance.
Barnhizer’s Jefferson club finished 21-5 last year. He chose Northwestern over Xavier and Butler. His big brother Braxton was his running buddy on the court for the Bronchos. His dad, Mark, coaches Lafayette Jeff. The family moved back to Indiana from Alabama in 2018. Mark was a star guard at Lapel in the 1970s before taking his talents in the backcourt to Auburn.
Burney’s Top 5 Boys BBall Prospects Left In Hoosierland’s Class of 2021
1 Trey Kauffman (Silver Creek 6-9 F)
2 Blake Wesley (South Bend Riley 6-5 G)
3 Jalen Blackmon (Marion 6-2 G)
4 D.J. Hughes (Lawrence North 6-7 F)
5 Blake Sisley (Heritage Hills 6-8 F)
The next 5
Luke Brown (Blackford 6-1 G)
Chris Mantis (Lowell 6-6 G/F)
Kyle Ross (Andrean 6-7 F)
Payton Sparks (Winchester 6-10 F/C)
Keon Thompson (Merrillville 6-0 G)