Huskies Men’s Basketball Head Coach Barry Rawlyk announced Thursday afternoon that Joe Barker (Holy Cross / Saskatoon, SK) has committed to attend Saskatchewan this September.
Barker is a 6foot-7 forward and ranks as one of the top prospects in the province. In his two seasons with the Holy Cross senior team, he twice helped lead them to the 5A Provincial Final.
“We are very excited to be able to recruit a studentathlete like Joe to our program. He is an excellent student, an elite level athlete and an outstanding young man,” said Rawlyk.
“His strong family background and the level of commitment he brings to all his endeavors will ensure him great success at the University of Saskatchewan.
“The foundation of our success as a program has always been our local talent. Joe will continue to add to that tradition and our future success.”
As a senior Barker helped the Crusaders finish with a 21-13 overall record, leading them to the 5A provincial championship game where they lost 77-71 to
Regina LeBoldus. He averaged 16.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
He scored a careerhigh 28 points, and had 20 rebounds, against Saskatoon Walter Murray on February 4th.
In his junior season the Crusaders also finished second in the province, losing to LeBoldus in the final.
Barker finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game. At Holy Cross, Barker was coached by Kevin Harbidge.
He also played on the Team Saskatchewan provincial basketball team last summer, playing for current Huskies assistant coach Nathan Schellenberg at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. While there Barker started five of six games, averaging 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 61.0 percent from the field. He posted three double‐doubles, including a 13‐point, 11‐rebound effort in a 94‐81 victory over Team BC.
One of six children, Barker’s family has a rich athletic tradition. His cousin Dylan was an AllCanadian safety in football at Saskatchewan, and was selected first overall in the 2008 CFL Draft. Dylan’s sister Jina just finished her third season with the Huskie women’s volleyball team. Another cousin, Riley Barker, just completed his junior season at the University of Portland with the men’s basketball team.
The Huskies finished fifth at the 2013-14 CIS Final 8 in Ottawa in March, ending the season with 28 wins which is the secondmost in program history. The Huskies have been to the CIS Final 8 three of
the past five years.