Barry narrows transfer choices to seven schools

Former College of Charleston basketball player Canyon Barry plans to transfer and has seven teams on his list. (Bob Keroack/Tribe Athletics)

Canyon Barry was only recruited by a handful of colleges coming out of high school.

As one of the top prizes on this year’s list of college basketball transfers, Barry is getting a lot more attention from the nation’s elite programs.

On Monday, the former College of Charleston star cut his choices of future school to seven.

Barry, who has been contacted by more than 25 colleges, narrowed his list of possible destinations to California, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern and Ole Miss.

Barry, the Cougars leading scorer from this past season, announced last month that he would graduate this summer and transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility.

“Coming out of high school I didn’t have many offers,” Barry said. “College of Charleston and a really only a couple of other schools. This has complete 180-degree turnaround from that experience. My cell phone blew up when I made the announcement and it’s been a humbling experience to talk with all the coaches I have over the last few weeks.

“It’s nice to feel wanted by coaches and to have programs that play at the highest level think you can play against the top players and schools in the country.”

Barry hopes to make a final decision sometime in May. He hopes to start taking official visits as soon as this weekend.

“I’m going to have to narrow it down to five schools, but the plan is to take officials visits as soon as possible,” Barry said.

Barry, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in physics with a minor in mathematics, led the Cougars and the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game, until suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against William & Mary in early January.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman has Barry as the No. 2 rated transfer this spring — a list that includes more than 300 players — behind Delaware’s Kory Holden.

One of the favorites is Miami, where his Hall of Fame father Rick Barry played in college. Barry scored 20 points in an 85-63 loss to the Hurricanes this past December.

“It’s got to be the right fit, academically and athletically for me,” Barry said. “I want to go somewhere I can be a contributor, but it’s more than just looking at a depth chart. It has to be a school that has what I’m looking for academically as well.”

Barry is hoping to duplicate the success of former Drexel guard Damion Lee, who left the Philadelphia school last March and transferred to Louisville. Lee led the CAA and Drexel in scoring during his junior season, averaging 21.4 points a game. Lee, a third-team All-ACC selection this past season, led the Cardinals in scoring, averaging 15.9 points a game.

“I talked with Damion about his experience at Louisville and how it went for him,” Barry said. “Obviously, he had a great season at Louisville and really turned a lot of people’s heads.”