Only twelve rising juniors were selected to participate in last week’s NBAPA Top 100 Camp. One of the two state of Virginia rising juniors included George Washington (Danville, VA) standout C.J. Barksdale , a 6-7, 195-pound forward who is one of the Commonwealth’s top prospects in the 2011 class.
“It is really an honor that I was picked to come here and play against all these excellent players. I’m just happy and honored,” Barksdale said.
As a sophomore this past season, Barksdale averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game. Primarily a power forward at the NBAPA Top 100, he hopes to develop more small forward skills in the coming years. He is not sure what position he might end up playing on the college level.
“I think it depends on how much taller I get,” Barksdale said. “In high school I’ve played the four, the three, and the five, so that’s why I try to hone all my skills to play either or. When I get to college, I’ll know what to do.”
The NBAPA experience proved beneficial for Barksdale. After competing against some of the best in the nation, he knows now what he wants to work on before the beginning of his junior year.
“I like doing the ball-handling drills with Jason Ollie, but playing against these guys I know I need to work on my physical strength and my dribbling more. It’s a lot in my game I can work on to get better,” said Barksdale, who believes the strengths of his game include rebounding, running the floor, shot-blocking and a jump hook.
The Danville standout claims to be receiving interest from “a lot of schools” including six that have verbally offered scholarships. Asked which schools had offered, he answered, “Virginia Tech, UVa, Maryland, Alabama, Florida and Wake Forest.”
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