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Jay Barber Takes Permanent Leave from Program

October 16, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jay Barber Takes Permanent Leave from Program

Liberty men's basketball freshman, Jay Barber has decided to take a permanent leave from the program. Barber will continue to further his education at Liberty University.

"I want to support whatever it is that Jay decides that is best for himself and his pursuits," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "I have known Jay since he was eight years old and I believe in him and I am thankful for our time together! We are definitely looking forward to seeing what God does in and through him.

As a recent graduate of Liberty Christian Academy, Barber scored over 1,000 career points at LCA where he was a First Team All-Conference selection. Ranked among the nation's best during sophomore season shooting 45.8 percent from three, making 76-of-166 three-point field goal attempts.

"At this time in my life I think I need to take a step back to see what is best for my own individual future," Barber said. "I love our team and coaches a lot and I will root for them this season and beyond."

Majoring in computer systems engineering, Barber will take this time to focus on not only his academics but also becoming a leader within the community. The native of Lynchburg will look to make an impact on student's lives by helping out with student leadership as well as ministry leadership.

"I love what Liberty basketball represents but I feel that I have been called to dive deeper into my faith," Barber added. "I cannot wait to see what God has in store for my future in both academics and my spiritual development."