April 07, 2020

MCI guard gains spot with U.S.> Barkley to play for junior select squad

Erick Barkley, a 6-foot-1 guard for the Maine Central Institute postgrad team, has been named to the USA Men’s Junior Select National basketball team.

Barkley will join 11 top high school players in the fourth annual Hoop Summit, held in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four on March 29 in San Antonio. The USA Junior Select squad will take on an International Select Team featuring the top players age 20 and younger from around the world. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The team was chosen by USA Basketball.

MCI coach Max Good said Barkley’s participation won’t count toward his eligibility for the two all-star contests allowed by NCAA regulations.

Barkley, a 20-year-old high school senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., has committed to attend St. John’s University in the fall.

Barkley is averaging 21.3 points, 7.1 assists and 3.2 steals per contest for the 21-0 Postgrads. Good said the high water mark for Barkley was a 34-point, 17-assist, one-turnover effort against Notre Dame Academy.

“He’s unbelievably efficient,” Good said. “He makes bigtime plays and also makes all the plays of a consumate team player.”

Good said that’s what sets Barkley apart.

“He makes all the hustle plays that the 11th guy on the team makes because they want to make the traveling team,” Good said. “He’s not only good. He’s gritty.”

USA Basketball Executive Director Warren S. Brown said the game has turned into one of the top high school games in the world.

“In four years the Hoop Summit has developed into a premier even for our country’s high school aged players,” Brown said.

“San Antonio, with the NCAA men’s Final Four taking place that weekend as well, will be an exciting site for this event and basketball fans will have an opportunity to see great players of the future.”

USA Men’s Junior Select roster (Height, position, name, college)

6-1 G Erick Barkley (St. John’s), 6-8 F Jason Capel (North Carolina), 6-2 G Ronald Curry (undecided), 6-4 G Dane Fife (Indiana), 6-9 F Al Harrington (undecided), 6-10 C Anthony Kitchinga (undecided), 6-10 C Rashard Lewis (undecided), 6-8 F Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky), 6-7 F JaRon Rush (undecided), 6-9 F Stromile Swift (undecided), 6-7 F Korleone Young (undecided), 6-5 G Ray Young (UCLA)

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