After being courted by numerous high-profile Division I basketball programs, Hill verbally committed to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks earlier this week — one of the top commitments in coach Heath Burns’ tenure at Parrish. Hill chose Jacksonville State over Murray State, Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, Jacksonville University, UAB and Troy, after a visit last weekend to the school made him feel that it was “the place I wanted to be.”
“After looking at the outstanding facilities and academic programs that Jacksonville State offers, along with the wonderful time I had spending with the coaches, being a Gamecock was for me,” Hill said.
“The fact that it will be an easy trip for my family, friends and the community to come see me play, also helped influence my decision. I am looking forward to playing for (JSU head basketball) coach James Green — it’s going to be hard as he pushes his players like the way coach Burns pushes us, but it’s because he wants the best out of us.”
Burns said that Hill’s 6-7 size, along with his offensive and defensive skills have made him a naturally targeted recruit, but coaches like Green have zeroed in on Hill’s three-point shooting, court awareness and ability to play a variety of positions.
“Coach Green told us that he likes the way that Barry can be a versatile offensive and defensive player and has the ability to stretch the floor as a power forward and eventually take advantage of smaller players at small forward,” Burns said.
“He liked our program and the mindset Barry will have coming out of Parrish. He thought that Barry is the type of player that could propel JSU to a level where the Gamecocks can compete for the Ohio Valley Conference title all four years he’s there.”
Important intangibles such as a strong work ethic, good communication with teammates and excellent character traits helped made Hill an even more attractive prospect. “Barry’s such a special young man — selfless on the court and a quality young man off of it,” Burns said.
“He’s the type of person that makes a great representative for any program, be it college or high school. We’re extremely proud of what he’s accomplished and know he has a very bright future at JSU.”