The Tulane men’s basketball team moved up in class with its latest commitment — at least in terms of the other schools interested.
Shakwon Barrett, a 6-foot-4 guard from Canada, confirmed on Twitter he would play for the Green Wave on Thursday after CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported it first Wednesday night.
Barrett received a scholarship offer from Arkansas earlier this month and also took an official visit to Michigan before choosing Tulane.
The late signing period started April 12 and runs through May 17. Barrett joins Caleb Daniels, a 6-4 guard/forward from St. Augustine who expects to play shooting guard at Tulane, as recent commitments.
Bul Ajang, a 6-foot-10 forward, and Buay Koka, a 7-foot center, signed in the early period last fall. Both are natives of South Sudan.
Barrett played at the Tech Academy in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, this season. He spent his junior and senior years at powerhouse program Henderson (Nevada) Findley Prep, where he got limited playing time backing up former Duke player and USC transfer Derryck Thornton in 2014-15 and LSU’s Skylar Mays in 2015-16.
Before then, Barrett attended Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto, his hometown.
When Barrett and Daniels join the fold, Tulane will have 12 players on scholarship. The eight returners are senior guard Cameron Reynolds; junior forwards Melvin Frazier, Blake Paul and Sammis Reyes; sophomore guards Ray Ona Embo and Colin Slater; junior UNLV transfer guard Jordan Cornish; and sophomore Vanderbilt transfer forward Samir Sehic.
Tulane went 6-25 in coach Mike Dunleavy’s first season.