Hometown Report

May 5, 2014

Hometown Report: Clippers’ Matt Barnes transformed from finesse to ferocious playing high school football

It was the fall of 1996. Well before his tour in the NBA led him to starting at small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, Barnes was all arms, legs and curiosity as a junior at Del Campo High School. At 6-foot-8, Barnes was a college basketball recruit, but his slight frame made it easy to shove him around. To counter that, Barnes joined the football team as a wide receiver.

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