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Basketball bloodline helps PA's Barlow excel: Pulaski Academy athlete shines in two sports, but stars in football.

Growing up the son of North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures


Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
 basketball player Jeb Barlow, a co-captain on the 1982 Tar Heels' national championship team, one could forgive Neal Barlow if he didn't want to follow in his father's footsteps and play basketball for UNC (Universal Naming Convention) A standard for identifying servers, printers and other resources in a network, which originated in the Unix community. A UNC path uses double slashes or backslashes to precede the name of the computer. .

But that wasn't the case, as Barlow grew up wanting to do just that. Still, the ArkansasSports360.com Boys High School Athlete of the Year Athlete of the Year
  • IAAF World Athlete of the Year
  • ACC Athlete of the Year
  • Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year
  • United Press International Athlete of the Year Award
 found a different path: football.

"When we moved to Pulaski Academy in the ninth grade, I just started playing football to meet people," he said. "Turned out playing football was a pretty good choice."

It certainly was, as the 6-foot-6 wide receiver signed with the University of Arkansas The University of Arkansas strives to be known as a "nationally competitive, student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world." The school recently completed its "Campaign for the 21st Century," in which the university raised more than $1 billion for the school, used  in February and is now enrolled in summer classes in Fayetteville.

"Neal's a neat story," said Pulaski Academy coach Kevin Kelley Kevin Kelley (born Kevin Philip Kelley on June 29, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York) is a professional boxer and former television commentator. Amateur Career
Southpaw Kevin Kelley won two New York Golden Gloves Championships.
 said of the receiver that finished his high school career with 190 receptions for 2,902 yards and 37 touchdowns. "His dad played college basketball College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. History
Further information: NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship records
 with Michael Jordan This article is about the former basketball player. For other uses, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation).

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player.
. Coming here and not being an Arkansas kid, I didn't think he would be a Razorback, but he is."

Initially he wasn't after committing to Kansas over the summer.

"I felt like I rushed that whole decision," Barlow said. "Once I kept thinking about it, I felt uneasy about it and decided to re-open the process."

Barlow finished his senior season with 96 catches for 1,512 yards and 23 touchdowns and capped it off with two touchdown catches in the 5A state championship game as the Bruins won the title 35-32 over Helena-West Helena.

"Very few people can say they won a state championship their senior year, it was a great feeling," said Barlow.

The fact that Barlow even played in that title game was remarkable considering he was battling mononucleosis mononucleosis /mono·nu·cle·o·sis/ (-noo?kle-o´sis) excess of mononuclear leukocytes (monocytes) in the blood.

chronic mononucleosis  chronic fatigue syndrome.
 and that night had a temperature of 102 degrees.

"We were blessed to have a lot of seniors and a lot of leadership on that team," Kelley said, "but he provided a very important piece to that puzzle."

Barlow grew up playing basketball on the AAU AAU
abbr.
Amateur Athletic Union
 circuit and continued his hoops career at Pulaski Academy, earning all-state honors his senior season. He even drew interest from some Sun Belt Conference and Ivy League schools.

Despite his father's basketball background, Barlow said that in the end his parents were "very supportive" of his decision to play football.

"It was a good feeling to get the basketball offers," he said. "I like both sports, but I feel like I had more potential in football. I have played so little compared to others who have been playing since they were little. I feel like I have a lot of room to grow and get better."

Basketball has helped Barlow develop skills on the football field.

"He can manipulate his body at the line of scrimmage line of scrimmage
n. pl. lines of scrimmage Football
Either of two imaginary lines extending across the field parallel to the goal line at the ends of the ball as it rests prior to being snapped and at which each team lines up for
 and at the same time he can maneuver his body in space and see the field well," Kelley said. "I think a lot of that came from his basketball background.

Barlow agreed with his former coach.

"I grew up playing a lot of AAU basketball, so I was used to have guys hanging all over me when go up for a rebound," he said. "Having that experience has really helped me, especially when going up for passes in the end zone.

TOUGH TO GUARD

NEAL BARLOW

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Growing up the son of a former North Carolina Tar Heel basketball player, basketball was always Barlow's first passion until taking up football, as a ninth-grader. Starting in the fall, Barlow will be Lining up for coach Bobby Petrino's Razorbacks at receiver.

CLASS Senior

HEIGHT 6-6

HOMETOWN Little Rock

JUMP BALLS: Barrow finished his high school career with 190 receptions for 2,902 yards and 37 touchdowns. His 2,902 yards and 37 touchdown receptions receiving rank eighth all-time according to the Arkansas Activities Association
This organization is often addressed by the initials AAA. For other uses of this term, see AAA (disambiguation).


The Arkansas Activities Association (locally known as the AAA
 record book (he is tied for 8th in touchdown receptions).
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Title Annotation:HIGH SCHOOL: Athlete of the Year: Boys
Author:Seaton, Philip
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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