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February 14, 2013

Anthony Barber makes McDonald's team

NC State point guard signee Anthony Barber was picked to the McDonald's All-American Game on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder is the 17th McDonald's All-American for NC State, and the fifth in the last four years.

The Hampton (Va.) High standout is ranked No. 11 in the country by Rivals.com and recently broke the Peninsula District scoring record Tuesday, when he 20 points against Menchville High to reach 1,981 career points. He broke the mark of former Wake Forest guard Tony Rutland.

NC State coach Mark Gottfried has landed several McDonald's All-American's over the years, including two others at the point guard position - current Wolfpack freshman Tyler Lewis and Utah Jazz veteran Maurice Williams, who attended Alabama.

"I think with Cat Barber, you have to love his speed and quickness," Gottfried said. "He has that element that you really can't teach."

Barber averaged 21.3 points per game his junior year, while leading Hampton High to the Virginia AAA state championship. He also won the Virginia Group AAA Player of the Year award. The Crabbers are trying to defend their title in the coming weeks.

"The guy wants to win and likes to win," said Gottfried. "I think he has improved his shooting to where now he's becoming a threat on the perimeter. I really like his potential."

Barber led the NBPA Camp in scoring last June and enjoyed a successful career with the Boo Williams traveling team program. NC State landed Barber over Kansas, Louisville and Alabama.

"Cat just needed to come see NC State," NC State assistant coach Rob Moxley said. "I don't think he realized how close we were, and his mom [Pam Barber] loved how close we were. Those historic programs like Kansas and Louisville for example, had unbelievable things to offer, too, but we could offer three and a half hours to his house, which they couldn't. I think he understood that once he got here."

NC State's McDonald's All-Americans

1979 - Sidney Lowe and Dereck Whittenburg
1982 - Ernie Myers
1984 - Chris Washburn
1985 - Walker Lambiotte
1987 - Chris Corchiani and Rodney Monroe
1999 - Damien Wilkins
2000 - Scooter Sherrill
2001 - Julius Hodge
2005 - Brandon Costner
2007 - J.J. Hickson
2010 - C.J. Leslie
2012 - Tyler Lewis, Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren
2013 - Anthony Barber


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