In today's "Transfer Watch", we turn our sights to Canyon Barry, son of NBA-great Rick Barry, who announced that he would be graduating and transferring for his final year of college basketball. Barry played only 13 games last season before injuring his shoulder in a game against William and Mary that caused him to miss the remainder of the year.
In those 13 games for the Cougars Barry averaged 19.7 points per game, along with 3.4 rebounds per game, all while accounting for 35% of team shots while on the court.
For those worried about the potential defense of Barry, it is a reasonable question, but College of Charleston ranked 9th nationally in defensive efficiency last year. At 6-6, 210 pounds, Barry could be the answer to the much needed 3 spot to fill for next season.
While he only shot 31% from 3-pointers during his abbreviated season, he shot 37% as a sophomore. He has received a lot of attention for shooting free throws underhanded, but it's hard to make fun of somebody who shoots 84%. He also got to the line 63 times in just 13 games, which shows he can get to the rim and create as well.
Barry is definitely a player that has taken time to develop, but it has been heard through the grapevine that he was interested in Wake coming out of high school. It would make a lot of sense for him to come to Winston-Salem now to play his final year, as it would be an extremely symbiotic relationship for both parties.
Another interesting note is that he is pursuing a masters degree in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, or physics. I am pretty sure Wake Forest has a Physics masters program, but am really unsure of the first two. Regardless, if he wants to come to Wake then we will work it out. Barry graduated with a 4.0 at College of Charleston and would without a doubt be a great addition from a leadership standpoint, both on and off the court.