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Watching NBA channel right now and Barkley is explaining how he made his college decision.
He said AU was his 3rd choice. Wanted to go to UAB but they were fresh off Sweet 16 and had everyone coming back. Didn't think he could play there.
Then wanted to go to UA but they signed Bobby Lee Hurt and were fresh off a Sweet 16 also. Didn't think he could play there.
Went to AU, they had lost 12 in a row. "I said this is the place for me." Knew he could play there and chose them.
Interesting perspective on his thought process when he was a recruit. Tells you each kid is different. Some looking for NC ring, some early playing time, some close to home etc.
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Was there also a Chick Fil A on campus at the time?
Charles was fat and raw coming out of HS and college.. doesnt surprise me he was afraid of competition then.
gotta love Chuck, doubt he was afraid of competition just a realist. He put in the work to make himself a great NBA player.
he is the greatest barner of all time. it helps that he didn't play football.
I agree. Very honest guy. He's one of my favorites.
Typical loser mentality most Aubs have.
Just Charles being Charles. He is fun to watch if anything
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Saw that as well...he said Auburn losing 12 games to end the season made them more attractive. Chris Webber saying he had 15 dunks in a game at the age of 12 is crazy.
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Love Barkley. A complete embarrassment but hilarious
Wasn't around back then, but my guess is it was the $$$. He probably gambled it away back then as well. That said, the guy is hilarious.
Don't think so. There is not a huge demand for 6-4 fat guys in college. ALso I don't believe the barn puts the $ame empha$i$ on B-ball they do football. He was fun to watch. I remember him totally dominating KY's two 7 footers Bowie and i forget the other guy's name.
I ran into him at a gas station right after he signed with Auburn. He showed me his new 1977 to "79 Cutlass. This was around 1981. He laughed and said he got this for signing with Auburn. He laughed even harder and said Bobby Lee Hurt signed with Bama and is driving
a "68 Plymouth.
This is great perspective! I think we (as fans) sometimes lose sight that these are 16, 17, 18 year old kids & their priorities aren't always in the right order. Some from lack of a support system/guidance & some from just being a kid.
I've always thought of recruits in 1 of 3 categories related to this:
1. Kids that "get it" & realize their choice impacts much more than the next 4-5 yrs of their life
2. Kids who have the potential to "get it" with a little development & guidance in the program
3. Kids who will learn the hard way, at some point, but not worth the chance
IMO a huge thing that gets lost many times is the fact that even really well intentioned parents can get caught up being a "fan" & need guidance through the process themselves. Most have probably never been through the recruiting madness & aren't always sure how to handle situations themselves.
There is still no sign of Duron Carter.
This! I grew up in the same area as Charles and everyone knows he got paid to go to au. And everyone knows about the new car au gave him. It was never a secret au paid him.
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