Fresh off of losing out on the services of Cian Medley (class of 2023), who chose to commit to St. Louis, FGCU wasted no time in landing a highly-ranked PG from that same 2023 class. On Monday August 8th, Rahmir Barno (Rising Senior at Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia, PA) announced that he’d be making his college decision on Thursday August 11th. Nearly 4 months prior (April 25th) the 5’11” 3-star prospect announced via his twitter that he had received an offer from FGCU. According to a source and now the man himself, Rahmir Barno has chosen to take his talents to Southwest Florida and commit to becoming an Eagle. Below, we will break down this news and get some insight from Rahmir on what went into his decision.
In researching Rahmir’s game, it’s hard to not come away impressed. Highlights show a player with court vision beyond his years. 247 gives him a 3-star rating and lists schools like St. Peters, Quinnipiac, Virginia Tech, VCU, Temple, and many more, as potential suitors for him. 247 also ranks him as the 33rd ranked PG in his class.
“I feel I can do [a bit of] everything [on the court]. [I can] get guys involved, [I can] score, defend… I can do it all”Rahmir Barno
In talking with Rahmir, there were a lot of interested schools, each with their own situations and offers that may have appealed to his wants/needs.
“It came down to UTEP, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Monmouth, Fordham, and FGCU.”Rahmir’s Barno
So how did FGCU manage to beat out all of those schools, especially with the disadvantage of being maybe the furthest distance from his home? For Rahmir, it’s about more than distance or name recognition. It’s more about connecting with the program and the coaching staff.
“Coach Kyle [Griffin] was on me a lot. He was recruiting me hard and I felt like FGCU was the place for me. Having a bond with the coaches [is important to me].”Rahmir Barno
This is a nice commitment for the coaching staff and FGCU, in terms of looking toward the future. By the time Rahmir would get to campus, he’d be a freshman with a couple of senior/5th year point guards to learn from and compete with. With him not physically joining the program for another year or so, there’s a lot of time to develop even further.
“My biggest thing with this school year is just winning. I wanna win everything for my team and also for myself. Before I go to FGCU I want to improve my jump shot and I want to get physically stronger.”Rahmir Barno
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