When Canyon Barry came out of high school four years ago, he didn’t draw much interest from major Division I basketball programs.
When Barry decided to leave the College of Charleston this spring, he said he was overwhelmed by the interest from some of the top college basketball programs in the country.
Barry, who graduated from the College of Charleston on Saturday with a degree in physics, will transfer to the University of Florida next season. As a graduate student, Barry will be eligible to play for the Gators immediately.
Barry picked Florida over Miami and Northwestern.
“It was really a humbling experience for me, talking to all the great coaches and getting to visit some great schools,” Barry said. “It was really a tough choice. I picked Florida because they have an excellent nuclear engineering program with one of the only nuclear training reactors in the Southeast.
“I liked coach (Mike) White and all the players. He and I both feel that I can make an immediate contribution on the court and help the team chase the goals of winning a SEC Championship and getting to the NCAA Tournament next season.”
Barry, an academic All-American and the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, led the Cougars and the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring this past season, averaging 19.7 points per game. However, Barry was limited to 13 games after suffering a shoulder injury in January.
“Gainesville is a college town and I really liked that,” Barry said. “They play an up-tempo style that really fits my game. Talking to coach White, he sees me playing some shooting guard and small forward.”
According to ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Goodman, Barry was rated as the No. 3 transfer prospect this spring. There have been more than 500 college basketball transfers this year, according to Goodman.
Barry, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., averaged 12.5 points as a sophomore and made the CAA All-Rookie Team as a freshman.
“I’m really going to miss Charleston, it’s been my home for the past four years,” Barry said. “Getting to walk on Saturday in the graduation ceremony was special for me. I’ve met so many great people here. I’ll miss King Street, Folly Beach and especially all my coaches and teammates.”