Kory Barnett Biography
Kory Barnett is an American former basketball player and current coach born in Huntington, Indiana that played for Indiana University. Kory was a small forward for the Indiana Hoosiers for four seasons between 2008 and 2012. The Indiana native played for Rochester High School in Rochester, Indiana. After graduation, Kory has been active in college basketball coaching and is a current member of the coaching staff at the University of Nevada with former Hoosier, Steve Alford.
- Name: Kory Barnett
- Position: Small Forward
- Nationality: USA
- Age: 31 years old
- Birthday: December 14, 1988
- Hometown: Huntington, Indiana
- High School: Rochester High School (Rochester, Indiana)
- Height: 6’5″ (196 cm)
- Weight: 186 lb (84.4kg)
- Seasons: 4 (2008-2012)
- Jersey: #0
- NBA Draft: None
- Professional Career: None
- Coaching Career: Indiana (2012-2013), UCLA (2013-2019), Nevada (2019-Present)
Player/Coach Accolades and Awards
- 3× Academic All-Big Ten (2009-2012)
- Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2010)
Kory Barnett High School Career
Kory Barnett played high school basketball for Rochester High School in Rochester, Indiana. He was a walk-on forward who helped the team reach a 21-6 record during his senior year under then head coach Rob Malchow.
He played for the Indiana Elite AAU program alongside big name college players such as Tyler Zeller, Emmanuel Negedu, and Daniel Moore who joined the Hoosiers as a walk-on as well.
Barnett was not the best man on the floor when he was in high school, but an overall well-rounded role player and a great defender. He averaged around 12 points per game in high school, six rebounds, and four assists.
Kory was originally recruited by Kelvin Sampson. He turned down offers from small schools to play for their teams with the hope of being mentored by big name coaches as he had a desire to coach for a career. Of note, he had an offer to play for Kansas as a walk-on but turned it down to attend Indiana.
Kory Barnett Seasons with the Hoosiers
6-25 (1-17 Big Ten)
10-21 (4-14 Big Ten)
12-20 (3-15 Big Ten)
27-9 (11-7 Big Ten)
🏅 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Indiana University Career Statistics
Kory Barnett’s Indiana University Career
Kory Barnett joined the Indiana University team as a walk-on forward during Tom Crean’s first season as head coach after the firing of Kelvin Sampson. This was a tumultuous season for the Hoosiers who had a NCAA imposed three-year probation on the basketball program due to the sanctions stemming from Kelvin Sampson. Fortunately, there were no bans on the program for television, scholarships, or post-season play. As a freshman, he played 20 minutes in total over 8 games and made his debut against Northwestern State. He got his first rebounds of his career at Illinois and played five minutes. He also played two minutes in the Big Ten Tournament against Penn State. Indiana had their worst record in school history, ending 6-25 (1-17).
As a sophomore, he was named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time and he received this award each of the next two years at Indiana. He saw tougher competition to gain play time as players such as Christian Watford and Derek Elston joined the team this year. The Hoosiers saw a slight improvement in their overall record, reaching 10 victories on the season. He played 24 minutes in 12 games. He did not log any points during his first two years at Indiana.
Kory saw action in another 12 games during his junior year. He made his first points against Florida Gulf Coast in the season opener, and his first career block. He made his first field goal against SIU-Edwardsville. Glimpses of Indiana’s return to prominence were seen this season with victories over ranked Illinois and Minnesota teams occurred late in the season.
His senior year, he recorded an assist and a steal against Stony Brook and a rebound and an assist against Chattanooga. He saw 24 minutes of play over 16 games. He did not see a significant increase in play time with the addition of Cody Zeller to the team this year. This was the first season that the Hoosiers made it to the tournament with Kory on the team. He graduated with a degree in sports communication broadcast during his time at Indiana University.
Kory Barnett Coaching Career
Ultimately, Kory had a desire to learn how to be a college basketball coach and was give the opportunity early on after his graduation from Indiana University. As a graduate assistant, the Hoosiers reached the Sweet Sixteen again and had one of their best years in recent history coming into the season ranked No. 1 and spending 10 weeks at that spot throughout the season.
He was expecting to spend two years at Indiana as a graduate assistant, but a job opportunity opened up at UCLA under close friend Steve Alford as a team video coordinator. He discussed the opportunity with Tom Crean and was told that this was something he should not pass up. His father Mike Barnett and Kory have known Steve Alford since Steve was coach at Manchester College, which made the transition easier to UCLA.
Kory moved to UCLA in May 2013 and served as the program’s video coordinator for four seasons which included three postseason appearances which all resulted in Sweet Sixteen appearances.
He then transitioned to the program’s Director of Operations. In this position, he assisted with day-to-day logistics and coordination of the student-athlete scheduling. In addition, he worked as a liaison between coaches and athletic department staff members, community relations, and special event outreach. He continued to help organize and formulate game plans and scouting reports along with film breakdown.
After Alford was fired from the program, Kory was promoted to assistant coach on December 31, 2018 after Murry Bartow was named the program’s interim head coach. This change did not last long as after the conclusion of this season, Alford was hired as the new head coach at University of Nevada and then Kory left his position at UCLA to join Alford in Nevada as an assistant coach.
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