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Thin line between love and hate for NC State's top hoops recruit

Anthony Barber switched his allegiance once he committed to the Wolfpack.

11:29 AM, Sep. 26, 2012 EDT

Last week when Anthony “Cat” Barber committed to North Carolina State, he dashed the hopes of Kansas’ and Alabama’s coaching staffs.

The Jayhawks and the Crimson Tide were the final two schools on Barber’s list.

Barber, a senior point guard at Hampton (Hampton, Va.), could relate to the disappointment. He’s unabashed about the fact that, growing up, his allegiance was firm with Duke and often referred to the Blue Devils as his “dream school.”

“They recruited me a little bit,” said Barber, who is ranked No. 9 in the Rivals150. “I was excited at first, but they never actually offered so I moved on too. I ended up falling in love with N.C. State.”

That meant one last order of business for Barber, who is “well aware” of the bitter rivalry that exists between all three schools – Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina – on Tobacco Road.

“I knew that once I committed to State, I had to pretty much hate Duke,” Barber said. “I’m all for that. Truth is, even if they would’ve offered I would’ve picked State. Duke doesn’t play like I do. I play fast. I can’t wait to play against them in college. For now, I’m a fan of N.C. State and that’s it.”

Jason Jordan is a High School Sports reporter for USA TODAY. He can be reached at jcjordan@usatoday.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayUSATODAY



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