By Lee Davis
Homewood standout guard Hannah Barber has verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Alabama. She tweeted the announcement Monday.
Barber, a junior, chose the Crimson Tide over a number of other programs, including UAB, Auburn University and the University of Dayton. She said she will sign her official letter of intent with Alabama late next year.
“Alabama’s program is really on the upswing,” Barber told the Over the Mountain Journal. “The team beat Tennessee last year, which hasn’t happened in a long time. Also it’s close to home, and that’s important, too. Alabama had everything that I was looking for from a basketball, academic and social standpoint. I was blessed to have been recruited by a lot of great schools.”
Barber also said that Crimson Tide coach Kristy Curry was a big factor in her decision.
“I developed a strong relationship with Coach Curry and her staff,” she explained. Their style of play will be a good fit for me as well.”
She expects to play point guard at the collegiate level.
As a sophomore, Barber averaged 13 points per game with five assists as she helped lead the Lady Patriots to the Class 6A finals. She guided Homewood to the Class 6A title in her freshman season. Barber is a three-time member of the All Over the Mountain team and a two-time Over the Mountain Girl Basketball Player of the Year.
“My goal is to bring the state championship trophy back to Homewood,” Barber said. “Losing (to LeFlore) still hurts badly. We don’t want to feel that way again.”