Raven Barber out of Paul VI High School, the same high school that has produced Jean Cajou, has verbally committed to play for Mt. St. Mary's starting in 2009-10. The 6' 7" forward has played with the Triple Threat AAU team out of Washington DC, one of the premier AAU teams in the country, along with fellow commit Dave Golladay.
The Mount will lose just 2 players from this year's team Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell, so the '09 recruiting class for Milan Brown's Mountaineers is now complete. With both of those guys being interior players, it seemed as if the Mount needed to add at least one post player in this class and Barber fits the bill. He has a good build and plays athletically inside. He also has a very nice touch around the rim.
He spoke with the fine folks at caainsider.com about his committment.
He chose the Mount over scholarship offers from fellow NEC schools Robert Morris, Quinnipiac and St. Francis (PA). Meanwhile, St. Peters, North Carolina A&T, Niagara, Akron, Central Connecticut State, George Mason and Army had all been showing interest in the rising senior.
With the 2009 recruiting class now complete, you can count on the hardworking Mountaineer coaching staff to push towards the 2010 class.