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Brush HC Chet Mason on Pitt Commit Marlon Barnes: ‘The Sky is the Limit’



On Sunday afternoon, Pitt landed a commitment from 2023 four-star prospect Marlon Barnes out of Brush High School.

Barnes is a 6-foot-6 wing from Cleveland, Ohio, and he currently plays for Brush High School, the same high school that current Pitt star John Hugley attended.

Ever since Hugley has been at Pitt, Brush’s head coach, Chet Mason, has expressed his support for both John and also the Pitt program. Now, he is sending his second player, this time Barnes, to the Panthers to play for Jeff Capel.

“What Capel and his staff are doing with Big John, it’s amazing,” Mason told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “So, we trust them with our kids. I see the development when guys leave us. They go there and develop really well. So, I feel really comfortable sending them there, and I know his mother and father feel really comfortable as well sending him with the Capel brothers based on their conversations from his freshman year to now.”

An excellent shooter, Barnes has been playing varsity ball with Brush since his freshman year. After transferring out for one year, he is now back at Brush, once again running the show for the program in his junior season.

“It’s going well,” Mason said about Barnes’ junior season. “Last night, he was the MVP of a showcase event, he scored 14 points. Marlon’s situation is different, he was with us his freshman year, he left, and now, he’s back. So, we’re trying to incorporate some things that we do, how we get guys ready for the next level, with Marlon. He’s accepting it, he’s a great kid, great in school, he’s got a great head on his shoulders, high character kid, and he wants to get better by any means.”

Over the summer, Brush sent multiple players, including Barnes, for an unofficial visit of Pitt’s campus and basketball facilities. Now, with Barnes set to become the second player from the school in the past few years to play for the Panthers, the connection is looking clear.

“With Capel, it’s more than just basketball,” Mason went on. “I can attest to that, because I’ve got Big John up there. I know what Capel is doing. Capel is trying to turn him into a man. It’s bigger than basketball. So that’s why we are very comfortable with our kids going up there. Basketball doesn’t last forever, but you’re going to have to be a man one day. And that’s what those coaches up at Pitt are teaching them to be.”

Just four months ago, Barnes was ranked as high as No. 60 in the nation, according to 247 Sports, in the 2023 class. Now, his highest ranking can be found on Rivals at No. 79. While already a top-100 prospect, Mason says, the best is yet to come for his star junior.

“He’s still got work to do, but the thing with Marlon is that he’s got the talent and the tunes,” he said. “He’s 6’6, he looks like a professional shooting guard. Now, he’s not playing like a professional yet, but that’s coming in due time. He’s got all of the tools and the physical ability. We’re going to continue to work with him, teach him, and try to get him ready for Capel and his staff. I know once he gets to him, he’s good.”

“He’s a high-level shooter,” Mason said about Barnes’ best skill. “He’s got one of the prettiest jumpers. With more and more reps, he’s going to get more consistent. His length, his athletic ability, as far as not just jumping, but actually being able to use that athletic ability, I think that will be big for him at the next level. The thing is with Marlon, the sky is the limit. You just don’t get them 6-foot-6. And he’s young, too. He’s a young junior, he’s 16. He’s got all of the attributes to become a really, really good player.”

“He reminds me of a Champagnie,” he said. “I’m not saying he is Champagnie now, but, with his size, athletic ability, he can be a player like that. And one thing he does, he shoots the ball at a high level. So, I think Pitt, and the ACC in general, that’s what they look for from their wing-guards.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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8 months ago

I still have a ton of faith that capel will turn this around. He is doing it the right way and unfortunately that cost him his 2 seniors this year and pitts chances at being a top 25 team, But pitts time is coming, Unfortunately it’s going to be a couple more years.


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