A couple weeks ago NERR ran a story from the Providence Jam Fest, and in their breakdown of the standout players from the 16U division they included Matt Barr. Barr was a junior this past season at Exeter High, which would put him in the 17U division.
Rumors then started swirling that Barr was headed to a prep school to reclassify, which would make him eligible for the 16U division in AAU. Well, now it’s not a rumor – it’s a fact.
“I have officially decided to go to Cushing Academy next year and repeat my junior year” Barr informed the NH Notebook on Wednesday.
Barr is a 6-foot-1 two-guard who can flat out score the basketball. He had some injuries early on this winter but ended the season on a tear, dropping 36 and 35 points respectively in Exeter’s final two games. He has continued that momentum this spring with a productive start to the AAU season with MB Nation. He is now in the Class of 2014.
“I felt very comfortable at Cushing with the atmosphere and the people” Barr explained. “It’s a great opportunity that I think will open some doors for me academically and of course in a basketball sense. It's just an amazing chance to raise my game.”
At Cushing Barr’s backcourt mate will be Kaleb Joseph, who is the #1 ranked point guard in New England for the Class of 2014 according to NERR. Cushing is a dominant program, they have a lot of guys coming back (in addition to Joseph they also have New England’s #7 ranked player for 2013 in Andrew Chrabascz) and they play in the highly competitive NEPSAC. Cushing is located in central Massachusetts.
Barr had a solid sophomore year for Exeter in 2010-2011 but he really came on strong this season as a junior. Playing in the Flight School program last fall which was run by Integrity Hoops really helped him to develop his skills. That’s when he had some very impressive workouts, showing the ability to play the game at a fast pace and score at will both from shooting it from the outside and also scoring off the bounce. We wish him luck at Cushing as the move will certainly help him take his game to the next level.