Former Turner-Carroll basketball standout Ka’Ron Barnes will be one of 11 inducted into the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 18 in Ithaca. The inductees also will be recognized during the Big Red’s season-opening football game at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 against Bucknell.
Barnes graduated in 2004 from Cornell ranking fifth all-time in program scoring (1,382 points), third in steals (150) and games started (88) and fourth in free throws made (308) and assists (327). The two-year captain averaged 20 points per game as a senior.
He was the first player in Big Red history to record at least 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career and still holds the program’s single-game assists record and Newman Arena record with 13.
“I know a lot of people say it but it’s like a humbling experience,” Barnes told The News. “I wasn’t aware it was happening. They sent a certified letter to my mom’s house and she just called me and told me. I didn’t believe her at first … but I was extremely happy and proud. The first thing I thought of was my family and everything we went through for me to get to the point of getting that honor.”
Barnes earned first team All-Ivy League as a senior and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ all-district team, a rare honor for a Cornell player.
During his scholastic playing days, the point guard and first team All-Western New York selection helped Turner-Carroll win back-to-back New York State Federation Tournament of Champions titles, Class C in 1998 and Class B in 1999.
Others who received the hall call at Cornell include Erica Holveck (women's lacrosse), Travis Lee (wrestling), Lauren May (softball), Dick Blood (softball coach), Jessica Brown (women's track and field), Shonda Brown (women's track and field), Lou Duesing (women's track and field coach), Colin Farrell (men's lightweight rowing), Karen Force (women's basketball) and Pete Noyes (football coach).