April 21, 2011
HOUSTON - Louisiana's North DeSoto High star LeRon Barnes will join the University of Houston men's basketball program in 2011-12 after signing a National Letter of Intent, head coach James Dickey announced Thursday afternoon.
"We are thrilled to have LeRon at the University of Houston," Dickey said. "LeRon is an outstanding young man, who is a talented and versatile player. He is very skilled and can play multiple positions."
As a senior in 2010-11, Barnes led the Shreveport-Bossier City area with 33.0 points per game. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound player also posted 10.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 blocks per game to earn a place on the Class 3A All-State First Team by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.
Barnes enjoyed four games in which he scored at least 40 points as a senior for head coach Stephen Burch. He was named the All-Area Most Valuable Player and earned his place on the All-District 1-3A First Team
He earned Athlete of the Week honors from local television stations KTBS and KSLA and played in the Louisiana High School All-Star Game. Barnes also was a finalist for McDonald's All-America honors.
He considered offers from Providence, Colorado State, Tulane, South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette before signing with Houston.
UPDATED SIGNING CLASS
Barnes became the sixth player in the Cougars' signing class and the first in the spring period. Junior forward Jonathon Simmons (Houston, Texas/Midland JC), freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers (Terrell, Texas/Terrell HS, freshman forward TaShawn Thomas (Killeen, Texas/Killeen HS) and freshman point guard J.J. Thompson (Irving, Texas/Irving HS) signed with Houston in the fall.
That group will join redshirt redshirt freshman guard and Yates High star Joseph Young, who sat out the 2010-11 season with the Cougars. Young will have four years of eligibility remaining in 2011-12.
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown-High School (Last School) LeRon Barnes F 6-6 195 Fr.-HS Stonewall, La.-North DeSoto Jonathon Simmons F 6-6 190 Jr.-JC Houston, Texas-Smiley (Midland JC) Jherrod Stiggers G 6-5 200 Fr.-HS Terrell, Texas-Terrell TaShawn Thomas F 6-8 215 Fr.-HS Killeen, Texas-Killeen J.J. Thompson G 6-0 185 Fr.-HS Irving, Texas-Irving Joseph Young* G 6-3 185 r-Fr.-RS Houston, Texas-Yates
* - practiced with the team in 2010-11 but did not compete in any games... Will have four years of eligibility remaining in 2011-12.
F 6-6 195 Fr.-HS
Stonewall, La.-North DeSoto HS
ABOUT LeRON BARNES
Talented all-around athlete who can play both guard positions and at small forward... Has good range on his jumper... Brings length with solid jumping ability to the Cougars.
NORTH DeSOTO HIGH SCHOOL
Played for head coach Stephen Burch... 3-star prospect by Rivals.com... 2-star recruit by Scout.com... Also considered Providence, Colorado State, Tulane, South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette. Senior (2010-11): Named to Class 3A All-State First Team and was a member of the All-District 1-3A First Team... Recognized as the All-Area Most Valuable Player... Averaged 33 points, 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocks per game... Recorded four games with at least 40 points... Competed in the Louisiana High School All-Star Game... Finalist for McDonald's High School All-America honors... Named the KSLA Athlete of the Week in early February while ranking as the area's leading scorer... Honored as the KTBS Athlete of the Week in early January... Scored 31 points to lead the Griffins to a win against Captain Shreve High.
Born Sept. 5, 1993.