Harrison Barnes is going to announce on Friday, November, 13th (probably on ESPN) where he will play college basketball. Personally, I couldn't be more excited about it. Not because I think he will commit to Iowa State (because I do not), but because Iowa State fans can move on.
Most fans I think can read between the lines and realize that Barnes isn't coming to ISU. If you read this, you will realize that ISU simply can't compete with the other options. I personally do not blame him at all.
The problem lies with those uber optomistic fans that don't want to hear it. They want to hang onto the hope he comes here. Fine, that's their right. The issue I will have, is the number of fans that will play the "what if" game if he does commit somewhere else. I just do not think it's healthy to obsess over this.
People want to go the route of him staying in Ames and how much it would mean to the community and those at Iowa State. While true, who's to say he hasn't been doing the same exact thing as a High School player? When he goes on to the NBA, you don't think the Ames contingent will be proud of him?
I remember when I was 17 or 18 years old. I can tell you that I didn't have this soft spot for the community and how I was all about doing that everyone else wanted me to do. I wanted to do what was best for me. Those feelings about the community and how much it means to me, came after I moved away and got older. My feelings about Iowa State and my college experience didn't mean a lot to me, until after I graduated. It's the way things go.
The best arguments people try to make as to why Harrison should come to Iowa State are based on feelings that people had after the fact. You really can't go wrong with the options he has.
Don't get me wrong. I'd love for the guy to be a Cyclone. We will see what happens on November 13th, and on November 14th I along with the rest of Cyclone fans should be more than ready to move on. Let's get this over with. It will be good for all of us.