CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston incoming men's basketball 6-foot-5 freshman guard/forward Canyon Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was honored with the prestigious Fred Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year Award as selected by the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) on Wednesday.
The award is given to one male and female athlete from member schools. Two sports must be played during an athlete's high school career, in which the athlete must have been selected all-state in one sport and at least all-league in another. The student must also carry at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Being active in school and community activities carries a lot of weight with voting coaches.
Barry was one of eight male finalists for the award selected by a committee of athletic directors, coaches and former Steinmark Award winners. The winners will be honored at the CHSCA All-State Games dinner to be held on June 8 on the campus of Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.
"This is such a fine honor," said Barry, in an article written by the Colorado Springs Gazette. "You never know about winning such a prestigious award with so many great athletes out there."
The youngest son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Canyon Barry signed with the Cougars in the early signing period in the fall. As a senior at Cheyenne Mountain High School, he played in 19 games and averaged a team-leading 17.2 points, 1.1 blocks, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game prior to a season-ending ankle injury with four games remaining.
Barry was honored on the CHSAA Academic All-State First Team and Colorado Springs Metro League (CSML) 4A Academic First Team. A CSML 5A/4A Combined First Team All-League and CSML 4A First Team All-League selection, he was also named a CSML 4A All-Star and team MVP. He led the Indians with the highest GPA on the team, most points scored, most free throws attempted and most blocks.
"What a prestigious award representing the entire state of Colorado," CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik said. "Canyon has made an impact athletically, academically and within his community. He is not afraid to be a leader. Anytime you have young people in your program who want to be leaders and are talented, you really have an opportunity to have a special team or organization. We are excited to have someone of such high-character as Canyon join our program next season."
A three-sport athlete, Barry excelled in tennis and as a triple jumper on the track and field team. He is currently No. 1 in his graduating class of 322 students academically and qualified for the state tennis tournament in doubles all four years, chalking up state titles in 2010 and 2011. Barry also participates in badminton and volleyball.
Off the court and field, he was first chair euphonium in the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Barry is also active in Boy Scouts earning his Eagle Scout Award. He teaches tennis and basketball lessons and clinics in his spare time. Barry was recently one of 23 student-athletes from Cheyenne Mountain to take part in the 28th Annual Rotary Champions Awards Ceremony. All were recognized for their exceptional character, scholarship, leadership, service and athletic achievement in which Barry was named an overall 2012 Rotary Champions Medallion Winner for boys basketball.