The University of Miami men’s basketball program might land another sharpshooting Barry, 51 years after his father, NBA Hall of Famer and Hurricanes great Rick Barry, led the nation with 37.4 points per game and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft.
Canyon Barry, a 6-6 guard/small forward, is graduating this summer from the College of Charleston with a degree in physics and transferring for his final year of eligibility. Barry played only 13 games last season before injuring his shoulder, but he averaged 19.7 points in those games and is an excellent perimeter shooter.
The younger Barry scored a game-high 20 points earlier this season in an 85-63 loss to the Hurricanes. Like his father, he wears No. 24 and shoots free throws underhanded.
According to father Rick, Miami is on his short list. Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga, who recruited Barry out of high school but didn’t have a scholarship to offer, had lunch with him in Charleston last week. Barry plans to visit the UM campus in early May after final exams.
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He visited the University of Florida last week and is also said to be interested in Northwestern and a few other schools. He has a 4.0 grade point average, is a two-time Academic All-American and is pursuing a Master’s degree in nuclear engineering.
“Canyon will make the decision about where he wants to transfer, it’s all in his hands, but he does have my blessing if he wants to go play for Jim at UM,” said Rick Barry, reached by phone Thursday. “Miami is one of the teams he is considering. My wife and I have great admiration for Jim and his coaching, but there are other factors he is looking at as far as academics and other things.”
The elder Barry said Canyon, the youngest of his five sons, has as much talent as the other four, all of whom played professional basketball.
“It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Barry said of his son. “He is finally enjoying basketball after some tough years. He has the skills, is really smart and is very unselfish. It’s been fun to watch his evolution as a player.”
Under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, Barry would be eligible to play in the 2016-17 season. The Hurricanes could use some help after losing starters Angel Rodriguez, Sheldon McClellan and Tonye Jekiri from last season’s Sweet 16 team.
Another transfer who is considering UM is Duke point guard Derryck Thornton, who is leaving after his freshman season. He would have to sit out next season and is also said to be looking at Kansas and USC, among others.