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Scouts player finds victory on the court

Malik Barnett, a 6-foot-4 guard, enters his sophomore season at MCC-Penn Valley with his eyes on several goals.

In his pursuit to move on to a four-year school, Barnett wants to help the Scouts win games, topping the 21 victories achieved a year ago. He also wants to excel in the classroom. He is majoring in computer engineering and literature.

He is a kid who is not putting all his eggs in one basket, said MCC-Penn Valley mens basketball coach Marcus Harvey. He is a guy who wants to get a degree. He wants to be an engineer. It is more than just basketball with him.

Most importantly, Barnett wants to grow on and off the court. His road to Penn Valley has already helped that process.

Barnett played high school basketball at Riverview Gardens in St. Louis. Considering Barnett averaged 14 points in his first season at MCC-Penn Valley, it was apparent he could have picked a junior college closer to home.

Barnett said one of his coaches in St. Louis knew one of the assistants at MCC-Penn Valley. Word about Barnett eventually reached Harvey, and he watched him play a high school game. Harvey liked what he saw.

It is easier to attract kids out of the area than keep the kids in the area because they want to get away, Harvey said. St. Louis is not that far. We tend to get a lot of kids from St. Louis.

Although the Scouts didnt achieve everything they were after a year ago, Barnetts game continued to evolve. Coaches from four-year schools got to see him play. Barnett liked the exposure he got playing basketball for the Scouts.

Some of the four-year schools now interested in Barnett are California-Bakersfield, Texas Rio Grande Valley, Grambling State and New Mexico State.

For now, Barnett is focused on the Scouts and helping them return to the national tournament.

I am really excited about this season, he said. I feel we have a good chance to be a good team. There are a lot of things we have to do, but that comes with any season.

Like any season, there are always a few regular-season games that stand out for the Scouts. Barnett is looking forward to when MCC-Penn Valley plays at home on Nov. 24 against Johnson County Community College.

I will definitely be pumped up when we play Johnson County, Barnett said. They have some St. Louis players on their team.

Harvey is confident Barnett will give maximum effort no matter who the Scouts play this season.

He brings a great attitude on and off the court, Harvey said.

By David Boyce


Last Modified: 9/7/18