Patrick Smith Announces First Signee For Bemidji State Men’s Basketball
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bobby Barrows, a 6’6” forward from Grain Valley, Mo., becomes the first signee for Bemidji State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Smith, after he signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent today. Barrows played the last two seasons at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo.

“We are very pleased that Bobby became my first signee at BSU,” said Smith. “Everytime we (Moberly Area Community College - Smith’s last coaching position) played against State Fair, you wished he was on your team because of his toughness and basketball savvy. His best asset is his all-around basketball skill level.”

In 2003-04, Barrows held averages of 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game at State Fair. He was a member of the NJCAA Region XVI Tournament squad as a freshman. In his final year at Grain Valley High School, Barrows compiled 18 points and nine rebounds per contest.

Barrows joins a Beaver squad in 2004-05 as defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions after breezing through the league with a 14-2 mark. BSU appeared in the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history where it bowed out to Nebraska-Kearney.

Smith, who was appointed the 18th head coach on May 6, 2004, comes to BSU from Moberly Area Community College (Mo.) where he was head men’s basketball coach and athletic director for the past three seasons.