Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Player Profiles: #24 Bryant Barr

Bryant Barr, the sharp-shooter named Mr. Maine, has a silky smooth shot that tickles the twine whenever he launches it. Or so the alliterative writer would presume.

Bryant Barr was voted as the best high school player in the state of Maine during his senior year. After one season at Davidson, most Wildcat fans know why.

Although Barr's season started inauspiciously with a ton of bench time and a badly missed three-pointer here or there, the freshman came to grow into the college game and became a crucial contributor by the end of the season.

Barr hit several shots in Davidson's runaway win at Western Carolina in February, including a two-pointer (Barr only attempted 21 two-pointers against 69 three-pointers).

One week later, Barr came off the bench to hit seven three-pointers in another road blowout win, this time against The Citadel. With his roommate, Stephen Curry, spending most of the time on the bench, most of Curry's family spent the entire game cheering for Barr: "Roommate! Roommate!"

Barr finished the season with 112 points on 36 made three-pointers, including a momentum-building trey in the first half of Davidson's NCAA tournament game.

With no departures from last year's starting five, Barr will be looking to find his time playing from the bench once again. While comparisons have been made between Barr and recent Davidson alum Matt McKillop, I believe that Barr will eventually be an even more valuable player to Davidson's arsenal. Continued summer work and effort in practice could very easily transform Barr from a one-dimensional three-point shooter into a wing threat that can both feed the paint and move the ball off the dribble.

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