Pitt freshman wing Marlon Barnes Jr. will redshirt his freshman season in the Steel City.
Barnes is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing out of Cleveland, Ohio. Last year, he was a three-star prospect playing for Brush High School, where he averaged 13 points per game. Barnes was ranked as the No. 9 player in the state of Ohio at the end of his prep career. He was the first prospect in the class-of-2023 to commit to the Panthers, choosing Jeff Capel’s program in January 2022.
“Marlon has done a good job, he’s going to be a good player for us,” Capel said weeks ago in a press conference. “It’s going to take a little bit more time, he’s got to get a little bit stronger, and really that off-guard forward position, there are a lot of guys. But he can make a shot, he’s a really good athlete, he’s an unbelievable kid, he wants to be really good, and he’s a worker.”
Barnes is an intriguing prospect for the Panthers, as he has great height and athleticism for his position. He definitely has lots of room to improve, and if he can add on muscle and skill to his game over the next few years, he should be an important piece of the puzzle in the future. This year, Pitt has Zack Austin, Jorge Diaz-Graham, and Will Jeffress playing in the three-spot as well as Blake Hinson playing at the four but camping around the wing most of the time.