Ames High School senior Harrison Barnes, the nation's top basketball prospect, will announce his college selection during a national letter of intent signing ceremony Friday, November 13, 2009. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Ames High School gymnasium.
Harrison, a member of the 2009 AHS state championship boys basketball team, was honored as the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 4A All-Tournament Team Captain. Harrison is a 3-year letter winner in basketball and a 2-year letter winner in track.
He is a 2009 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar and named to the Academic All-conference Team in 2007 and 2009. The Des Moines Register twice named Harrison to the 4A First Team All-State and the 4A Elite All-CIML First Team.
Harrison began garnering national attention his sophomore year and in 2009, was named to PARADE Magazine's All-America Second Team, and as Gatorade's Iowa Player of the Year.
Media and the public are invited to attend Harrison's news conference and letter signing. They are asked to enter through the AHS Activities Entrance.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. with a brief introduction by AHS boys basketball coach Vance Downs.
Harrison will then begin his remarks. At 3:10 p.m. ESPNU will join the news conference and carry Harrison's signing live on its network.
Following the signing, Harrison will hold a short question-and-answer period for media attending the event. Reporters are asked to remain in their designated seating area during the question-and-answer portion of the news conference.
A short reception with refreshments will take place on the gymnasium balcony after the news conference.