There’s nothing better than watching a team compete for a national championship, but there’s nothing more frustrating than watching your favorite class struggle to get to the next level.
That’s what happened with the University of Missouri, which saw its 2016 class crumble under the weight of recruiting and financial burdens.
But that’s exactly what happened to Barnett’s recruiting class.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward is coming off an Elite Eight win and a No. 4 ranking in the 2019 recruiting rankings, but his freshman class didn’t quite live up to expectations.
He finished the year with just six scholarship players, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Barnett was the first player to sign with the program since 2008.
He was recruited by former Big 12 Conference head coach Bob Diaco, who led Barnett to the Elite Eight as a senior.
The 2018-19 recruiting class included three-star prospects Brandon Jones (6-foot, 2-inch, 195 pounds) and Jordan Evans (6 and 5 feet, 190 pounds), along with four-star offensive lineman Andrew Dillard (6’2, 245 pounds).
Barnett is coming out of a season where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
He averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 2019-20.
Barnes, a 6-8 junior, played in all 12 games for Missouri last season.
He started all 10 games and averaged 5.5 points and 1:38 per game, leading the Tigers to the Big 12 title.
Barnetts played at the University and the University in Missouri from 2008-09 and 2009-10.