Pete Barba non-ohsaa Player of Year

June 6, 2015

Pete Braba POY

Non-OHSAA Player of the Year -Peter Barba 6’6″ Guard Western Reserve Academy – Hudson Ohio (Columbia University)

“What high school kid do you know of that chooses to workout at before 6am Monday-Friday for the last three years?” That’s how MAQ’s Dave Schierbaum started our interview about Columbia University Commit Peter Barba. “The kid’s a perfectionist. In 14 years I’ve never had an athlete pro, college, or high school work as hard as Pete. His dedication to his craft as well work ethic is crazy. He is a student of the game and his number one focus is on bettering his body and his game. He is a brilliant student as well as a progressive leader. Pete has never missed a workout in 3 years, has great family support, and is well beyond his years in maturity. Pete will be a great asset to Columbia.” 

Western Reserve Academy’s Peter Barba took an unorthodox route to becoming a college basketball player. When Barba was just 14 he moved from his suburban Cleveland home to Bradenton, Florida to attend school and train at The IMG Academy. Barba wanted to make sure we mention how important Nate Vandersluis and Dan Barto from IMG have been in helping to develop his work ethic and love for training. Barba still returns to IMG to train, and keeps in close contact with his former coaches. 

Barba also wanted to thank Mike Duncan from the Ohio Basketball Club. “Coach Duncan helped me a lot in adjusting to AAU and also helped me a lot with the recruiting process. Coach Duncan has been helping his players since 1985, and he was a big help to me as I went through this process.” Once Barba started playing on the Adidas circuit with other players like Carlton Bragg, college coaches began calling. Although Barba was not being recruited by the high major basketball powerhouses like his teammate Bragg, more than 200 schools from nearly every state were in contact with Barba about playing college basketball. 

In June of 2014, Barba committed to play basketball at Columbia University. “I really enjoyed the college selection process”, says Barba. “Columbia stood out to me as a place full of opportunities. The academics at Columbia are well-known. An Ivy-League education is something that is hard to pass up.” Barba wanted us to know that Ivy-League basketball is approaching the big time. “The statistics guru Ken Pomeroy now ranks the Ivey League as the 12th toughest basketball league in the country”, according to Barba. “To be a part of this historic league and historic college is a true honor. Academics were always the most important thing for me, and this was a huge factor in my college selection process.”

OBC’s Corey Tucker, who coached Barba in AAU said that Barba’s an “unbelievable teammate. If he wanted to he could average 30 points a game. But Pete’s a player who has never been looking for individual numbers. He is a relentless worker with a super high basketball IQ and will probably end up being an excellent coach someday,” says Tucker. Barry Egan who also coached Barba for OBC reiterated Tucker’s praise – “This kid is unique in that he is a very well-rounded player. While he is an excellent shooter, he is a great passer and has learned to use his size to improve his game and to become a very solid defender.” “This is a fantastic pickup for Columbia, says Egan.

Barba moved back home at the start of his sophomore year and played his last three years of high school basketball at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. While at WRA, Barba was part of a transformation for WRA basketball. This past season WRA finished in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s top-25 rankings for the first time in school history. WRA’s 17-3 record was also the program’s highest winning percentage in school history. Maxpreps has WRA ranked as the 25th best prep school team in the country for 2015. While at WRA Barba won three consecutive MVP awards, and finished his high school career scoring more than 1,800 points. Barba wanted to thank his WRA coach Josh Humphrey. “Coach Humphrey really helped me mature during these last three years,” says Barba.

Barba’s favorite basketball player is Steph Curry. When we asked him why he said… “Who can guard him? Nobody!” Barba wanted to thank his family for supporting him. “My parents helped me so much. They gave me the tools to develop. My dad coached me from a young age and taught me about the game of basketball. My mom drove me all over the place to work out and everywhere in between, and supported everything I did to get better. ” 

When asked what he will bring to Columbia barba said – “I feel that my basketball IQ, and ability to shoot the ball will differentiate me as a player and allow me to get on the court and help the Lions win the Ivy League title early in my career.”

Now standing 6’6″, Barba is an intriguing player. Barba has the basketball IQ of a point guard, the ball handling skills of a point guard, and passes and leads like a point guard. He also shoots the ball extremely well, having shot 45% from three-point range for his career. He has become more athletic each year, and is entering college with the potential to play 3 positions. Someone who shoots the ball like Barba is a player that opponents have to be aware of – he’s an elite shooter. But watch out now – He may pump fake from the three-point line and decide to dunk over you!

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