NBA star Harrison Barnes humbled by new dedication to Ames High gymnasium


Harrison Barnes couldn’t believe the love he received on Thursday night.


The current NBA star and former Ames High and North Carolina great was on hand for the grand opening of the new Harrison Barnes Gymnasium and Courthouse at Ames High School. He has received countless thanks for helping to make this state-of-the-art gymnasium a reality.

“That’s a lot of love,” Barnes said. “To be able to come back here, to see so many familiar faces, to be able to tell people thank you for allowing me to be successful, for embracing my family and for continuing to support me.”

Barnes wanted nothing but the best for the school that helped him become an NBA great.

Harrison Barnes, former Ames High basketball player and NBA star, speaks during the new groundbreaking ceremony for the Harrison Barnes Gymnasium and Courtyard at Ames High School at the school on Thursday.

Barnes becomes a star in Ames

He started out as a scrawny freshman unsure if he’d ever make it through college and went on to lead Ames on a 53-game winning streak that included back-to-back undefeated state championships in 2009 and 2010. During his time as the Little Cyclone, Barnes surpassed the great Fred Hoiberg as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,787 points, made the all-state first team, earned player honors Gatorade of the Year and was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa.