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Buchanan guard Coby Barnes commits to Point Loma

(Commitment photo provided by Point Loma Nazarene University)

Coby Barnes became the latest Buchanan High School athlete to give a college commitment, though this time it came via the basketball program. The 6-foot-4 Barnes announced on Friday night that he would be taking his talents to Point Loma Nazarene University after his 2021 senior season.

“It feels great to finally know what college I’m going to go to and where I’m going to be at for the next four years.,” Barnes said. “I was extremely excited to announce my commitment because Point Loma is a great school and has a basketball great program.”

Barnes was a mainstay in the Buchanan starting lineup throughout his junior season and was the team’s most dangerous scorer from beyond the arc. Though he was able to complete his entire junior season, Barnes admits that the recruiting process was still a struggle due to the COVID pandemic. However, since he started to form his connections with the Point Loma coaching staff a short time ago, comfort and relationships won out at the end.

“It was hard to get exposure and get film out to college coaches,” Barnes talked about. “I had visited Point Loma before and was blown away. Their campus was extremely nice and the atmosphere was amazing. I came in contact with their coaching staff a couple months ago and right away our relationship clicked. Though I’ve only known the coaching staff for a short time, I feel like I’ve known them for much longer. They feel like family.”

One of the best shooters in the program, Barnes relies on more than his scoring ability to find success. The combo guard also takes pride in the mental aspect of the game, where he looks for an edge against every opponent. 

“On offense my strong suit is making the right play, being able to score when I have the opportunity, or setting up a teammate who is open,” Barnes said. “I just try to make game winning plays every possession and it’s important to value the ball. Defense is about knowing what to do and knowing where to be. I’m not the most athletic guy, but by watching film and studying the game, I can pick up on habits and tendencies of my opponents.”

Second year head coach Brooks Malm implemented a blue-collar style of basketball last season which saw the Bears exceed expectations. With a handful of players back, the Bears will be looking to build off of last year’s finish, while Barnes hopes to play his final high school season.

“Last year everyone projected us to finish last, but we finished third in the TRAC and proved a lot of people wrong,” Barnes stated. “This year we are looking to take another step in the right direction. We are going to do it our way and be one of the toughest, hardest playing teams in the valley once again.”

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