Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Somewhere, there's a quiet assassin, buried underneath all those layers of polish and nice. Vance Downs saw it several times when Harrison Barnes played for him at Ames High School, where they didn't lose a game for two seasons, where he was Chuck Norris in high-tops. In fact, Downs saw it so often, it was hard to come up with a favorite; Barnes could turn it on with the flick of a switch. There was the time in Marshalltown, with nearly a half-dozen Division I coaches in attendance including North Carolina's Roy Williams and Florida's Billy Donovan when the 6-foot-8 Iowan was given the ball on the wing, told to make something happen, and responded with a dunk that simultaneously scattered the opposition and crushed their spirit. There was the Class 4A state championship two years ago, against Southeast Polk, a powerhouse from suburban Des Moines, Barnes' last stand as a prep superstar. "And the run he made the first five minutes of the game pretty much put the game away," Downs...
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