Canyon Barry will continue family legacy, committing to play basketball at College of Charleston

BRENT BRIGGEMAN Published: November 7, 2011

Canyon Barry will carry on one of the most impressive family legacies in basketball, committing this weekend to play for coach Bobby Cremins at the College of Charleston.

Barry, a senior at Cheyenne Mountain, will sign Wednesday and become the sixth member of his immediate family to play Division I basketball.

Canyon is the son of NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry and half-brother of former NBA players Jon, Drew and Brent Barry. Another half-brother, Scooter, won a national championship at Kansas in 1988.

Rick Barry played at Miami, Jon and Drew went to Georgia Tech (where they played under Cremins) and Brent played for Oregon State.

The choice of the College of Charleston makes sense for Canyon, who burst onto the scene last season for the Indians.

Miami had recently recruited him, according to a report by Chris Tomasson for Fox Sports Florida, with coach Jim Larranaga traveling to Colorado Springs on a recruiting trip.

By choosing a mid-major that doesn't happen to be the alma mater of his legendary father - named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players - Canyon will be able to develop his game away from the spotlight. And even his father seems to understand that there is development that needs to take place.

“My son is in a situation where he’s a project," Barry told Fox Sports Florida. “He’s going to redshirt (his first year in college). But you’ve got to look at where he’s going to be three years from now, playing this season, when he’s redshirting and then as a redshirt freshman. There’s no doubt he has very good basketball skills. His skills at this age are superior to my other boys at that age."

Those skills flashed at times last season, when Barry saw his first significant varsity action. He averaged 20.5 points during a seven-game stretch during the middle of the 4A Metro season and led the Indians (16-9) in scoring with 301 points.

As the line between mid-majors and the traditional basketball powers continues to blur, the College of Charleston could give Barry a taste of the sport's biggest stages. The Cougars upset No. 9 North Carolina in January 2010 and play in the Southern Conference with teams such as Davidson and Samford. They played in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1999.

An underhand free-throw shooter like his father, Barry recently sprouted to 6-foot-5 and still weighs just 175 pounds. A shooting guard, he shot 52.6 percent from the field last year, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 76.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Barry won his second state tennis title as a doubles player in October.

The class of 2012 includes four boys' players from the Colorado Springs area who have committed to Division I basketball programs. Sierra's Wesley Gordon and Lewis-Palmer's Josh Scott will sign Wednesday with Colorado, while Colorado Springs Christian School's Nate Engesser is committed to Denver.

On the girls' side, Sand Creek's Taylor Proctor will sign Wednesday with San Francisco, where the forward will play for women's basketball legend Jennifer Azzi.

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