Jordan Barnett in Line for Michigan Offer?

Jordan Barnett

An emerging target on Michigan basketball's 2014 recruiting radar, Christian Brothers College (Mo.) high school forward Jordan Barnett appears close to an offer from the Wolverines. GBW caught up with Barnett's mother to discuss their visit to Ann Arbor, the plan for July, timeline, and just how serious a contender Michigan is.

Continuing to impress with consistent play and a well-rounded repertoire of ability, 2014 Christian Brothers College (Mo.) high school forward Jordan Barnett has seen his stock and profile raise this off-season. A full 6-7, 180-pounds, Barnett is the perfect blend of size and quickness, capable of fighting inside, using his length for a rebound or stretching the floor with a knock down outside shot.

Putting a premium on players that can check-in at one of three positions on the floor, John Beilein and the Michigan coaching staff peg Barnett a tremendous asset in their system, a player that could excel in a role similar to sophomore-to-be Glenn Robinson III.

Barnett and his mother Karen recently made a trip to Ann Arbor to learn more about the Wolverines, walking away impressed on many different levels.

“I thought it was a very good visit,” Barnett’s mother told GoBlueWolverine. “I was very impressed with the campus and certainly with the coaching. I thought we all hit it off really well -- I like their demeanor. They were kind of the right combination of being straightforward and honest and being able to kind of joke and laugh with you.

“I think we built a good rapport while we were there. I was very impressed with the business school and the academics of the University of Michigan. I actually have a few cousins that graduated from there. The facilities are phenomenal and they were really great. Just impressed with the whole basketball program.”

Currently holding offers from Butler, Florida, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue and Stanford, among others, Barnett did not receive an official offer from the Wolverines on the visit. With the July evaluation period quickly approaching, Michigan explained exactly what the plan is for Barnett as coach Beilein splits his time between coaching at the World University Games and sitting courtside for in person evaluations at AAU tournaments.

“I felt like it was going to take a little bit more time,” said Barnett’s mother. “That was kind of our first introduction with them. I’m pretty sure they had seem him play but the main coach has not seen him play in person, only watched some film and things like that, but the assistants have seen him. I think he wants to get the opportunity to see him in person and then we were just going to go from there.

“I think he’s planning to go to Augusta (Peach Jam). But definitely he wanted to go see him before he made a firm offer, which makes sense to me.”

Calling their time in Ann Arbor “one of the best” visits they’ve been on, Michigan’s discussion and presentation of Barnett’s potential role in the Wolverine’s system proved vital to both mother and son.

“That was very impressive,” she said. “They pulled out the board and kind of walked through how they do things at Michigan from a basketball perspective and the kind of plays they like to run and where they saw him fitting into it.

“I think he’s very interested in Michigan. I think he enjoyed it as well.”

The current plan for Barnett is to release a list of top schools once the July period comes to a close, with his mother believing her son already has an idea of which programs are standing out the most at this point. If mom has her way, the recruiting process won’t leak too deep into the fall.

“I’d like it (to be over) the sooner the better, personally,” Barnett’s mother said laughing. “Personally the quicker that he knows and I just believe the quicker the kid knows, because it is so much pressure off of them at that point and I just want him to have a really fun senior year.

“I think the sooner the better and I think he wants to make it, he would like to do an early signing as well.”

The Barnett’s would like to take a couple more visits before coming to a conclusion on a school, having taken zero of the five official visits seniors are allowed.

Reflecting on the overall experience with the Maize & Blue, the personal touch by the Michigan coaching staff stood out above all else.

“I really felt a connection with all of the coaches,” she said. “Just absolutely enjoyed them. It was a really nice visit. One of the coolest things about it, to me, was coach Beilein driving the golf cart. I just thought he would have either not even ridden with us maybe or ridden in the back but he was the one driving and pointing out things.”

FOXSportsNEXT writer Ben Weixlmann was out at the St. Louis University team basketball camp to watch Barnett this past Saturday, offering his thoughts on the performance.

“It took Barnett a little while to get going, but once he did, his full athletic capabilities were on display,” Weixlmann noted. “He looks noticeably stronger when compared to the spring.  He didn't showcase his outside shot much today -- one that is very much alive and well -- but I was happy to see him attack the basket with vigor.” 

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