It’s been a year loaded with surprises and achievements for Montverde Academy star Janiah Barker. Earlier this year, the No. 3 hire in the Class of 2022 made Burger Girl status when she was called a McDonald’s All American, and previously this month she assisted lead her team to a Geico National Championship. On Wednesday, the luxury senior revealed that she’ll be taking her indisputable skills to Texas A&M and dressing for the Aggies, making her the highest-ranked signee for the program because Chennedy Carter.
Barker had actually at first dedicated to the University of Georgia however altered her mind after previous Bulldogs head coach Joni Taylor left the program for Texas A&M this spring. Other leading 2022 Georgia devotes like Sydney Bowles and Tineya Hylton likewise chose to join her in the Lone Star State.
“I’m excited to start something new, especially with coach Joni,” Barker stated back in February when inquired about betting Taylor. “She’s been there but it’s her era now, I want to help her get to where she’s wanting to go…Hopefully, get her a national championship, that’s what I’ve told her. I’m gonna give her one in one of my four years.”
On the court, the 6-3 forward indicates company, and in 21 video games this season, she balanced 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. With her skill and self-confidence making it look simple to take apart opposing offenses, Barker confirms her self-confidence to her work principles and the assistance she’s gotten from her household. “You can only be confident in something you know you’ve been working on,” Barker informs WSLAM. “I just want to be the best. I want to be the best. With that, your work ethic has to be incredible [and] more than anybody. I have to be [in] over time, [putting up] extra shots, in the gym when everybody’s not, [being] the first person there. It can be a lot, but a lot comes with being the best.”
The finest is precisely what the future Aggie has her eyes set on ending up being, and even with all of her achievements, Barker isn’t decreasing whenever quickly, as she prepares to get in a brand-new chapter.
“It’s really surreal,” Barker states. “I’m on a USA team, I got 2 gold medals. That is something that everybody has not done. That is not normal, that’s rare.”
“I thank God I’ve done it, but I don’t see myself in that type of top-tier aspect. And maybe one day it’ll click, and I’ll give myself those props. But right now, I just see myself as me and I just see it like, ‘I did that, it’s an accomplishment.’ There’s more to do than what I’ve done and I just want to keep building, keep going.”
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