Great Mills Basketball had their best season in years, led by senior guard Demetrius “Dee” Barnes. The Hornets went 19-4 this season, won the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Championship, and advanced to the Maryland 3A South Regional Final.
Barnes averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game on the season. He was also named the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He proved this season that he was a force to be reckoned with. Barnes was kind enough to answer a few questions for DMVSN.
— 22 (@DeeBarnes22) March 7, 2018
Q: What went into your decision to transfer from Kings Christian Academy to Great Mills before your senior season?
A: All my family played for Great Mills and I felt that I should continue the legacy. It felt really good this season following my cousin Will’s footsteps by wearing #22 for Great Mills.
Q: What do you take away from this amazing season yourself and your team had?
A: This season I learned that no matter what you need your team. And without my team I wouldn’t have had the amazing season I had.
Q: What are the biggest strengths of your game?
A: One of the biggest strengths of my game would be my shooting, both on and off the dribble. I also thrive finishing in transition.
Q: What things do you need to improve on to take your game to the next level?
A: First of all, I must continue to get stronger. I also need to better my point guard skills, more specifically controlling the pace, improving court vision, making the right reads, facilitating, ball handling, and being craftier.
Q: What players do you model your game after?
A: James Harden and Markelle Fultz. Harden for his ball handling and ability to create his own shot. Fultz for his craftiness and feel for the game.
Q: I know that you have taken a couple visits to Memphis. Is that still on the table now that coach Tubby Smith has been fired?
A: Memphis is now out of the picture. I am still looking at schools and will make my decision soon.
— 22 (@DeeBarnes22) March 17, 2018
Although Barnes has not currently committed to a school to continue his basketball career, he is still definitely a local player to keep an eye on. Barnes has the talent, and equally important he has the drive to become the best that he can be. Do not be surprised if he soon gains a lot more attention, because he has the potential to be a special player.