Virginia Tech is one of a handful of major Division 1 programs to offer George Washington (Danville, VA) junior forward C.J. Barksdale , who made several unofficial visits to Blacksburg last month. The 6-7, 225-pound prospect is in no rush to make a decision, though, as he prepares for what he hopes will be a big 2009/2010 season.
“I still have an open mind,” Barksdale said. “I’m not paying much mind to [recruiting] right now. When it is time, I’ll get to it. Right now, I still have an open mind.”
Barksdale averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game last season as a junior. Alongside fellow top junior prospects Daniel Clark (6-8 forward) and Paul Stone (6-5 guard), Barksdale hopes to help the Eagles varsity basketball squad to a state championship.
“My goal for this year is to lead our team to a state championship and to win it all,” Barksdale said. “We’re looking real good right now.”
Barksdale looks to start his junior season a more complete player in terms of offensive ability. He feels he has improved over the course of this offseason.
“Most of the time I’ve been working on my ball-handling and strength,” Barksdale said. “I’m up to 225 pounds. I don’t know if I’ll get taller, so I’m working on my wing forward skills.
“I see myself as more of an inside-out forward. I can go in and post up and I can go out.”
Division 1 college coaches have been able to keep in contact with 2011 recruits since July. So far, coaches from Alabama, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are showing the most consistent contact with Barksdale, who has taken unofficial visits to UNC, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He visited Tech twice last month.
“I went there for the Marshall football game and the Miami football game,” Barksdale said. “Right now, Virginia Tech is in my top five. I like it a lot. I like the school and the atmosphere, and the new practice facility is nice.”
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