Barea is regarded by many Northeastern followers as the most exciting player ever to wear a Husky uniform. A first-class point guard, he has proven himself as a national leader in both scoring and assists, finishing the 2004-05 season as the first player since 1997-98 to rank in the Top 10 in both categories. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor, penetrate and always find the open man. He has garnered numerous awards from the conference and national levels, as well as the international level of play, as he has been a standout for the Puerto Rican National Team for the past four years. Barea ranks among the all-time leaders in just about every offensive category in Northeastern history.
CAA Preseason All-Conference first team selection… CollegeInsider.com Preseason Mid-Major All-America selection…scored 22 points in season opener versus Brown (Nov. 18)…followed that with 28 points and 14 assists in comeback win over Central Connecticut (Nov. 19)…converted 10-of-13 shots, including 3-for-3 on three-pointers in 23-point effort against Lasell (Nov. 22)…named CAA Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 22…earned All-Tournament team honors for a 45-point, 18 assist effort over two games in the California Golden Bear Classic…scored 17 of his team-high 22 points in the second half of 86-83 win over James Madison (Dec. 3)…notched a double-double with 27 points and 11 assists against Towson (Dec. 7), as he connected on 9-of-13 shots…followed that with another double-double performance at Providence (Dec. 20) with18 points, 11 assists…scored 20 in 39 minutes of play versus Wright State (Dec. 27)…missed Holy Cross game with tendonitis in his knee…returned to score 22 with six assists against George Mason (Jan. 2)…moved into third on the NU all-time field goals list in that game, surpassing Mark Halsel (1980-84)…scored 26 with 10 assists in victory over Georgia State (Jan. 5)…followed with his second-straight double-double, a season-high 32 points and 10 assists in 38 minutes at Old Dominion (Jan. 7).
Unanimously named to the America East All-Conference First Team…ranked second in America East and eighth in the country in scoring (22.2)…led the conference and was fifth in the nation in assists (7.3)…named an honorable mention All-America by SI.com…earned CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-America honors…named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard…recognized as an All-District 1 Second Team selection for the second year in a row by the National Association of Basketball Coaches…placed third in assists (218), fourth in three-pointers (68) and sixth in points (665) on Northeastern’s single-season charts…sits fourth all-time in career scoring (1,680) and third in assists (477)…finished among America East leaders in free throw percentage (third, 78.4), assist-to-turnover ratio (third, 1.63), three-pointers made (fifth, 2.27) and steals (fifth, 1.77)…became NU’s career three-point leader in its 73-70 win over Albany, nailing four shots from behind the arc to give him 153 for his career…one of two unanimous selections to the America East preseason All-Conference team…scored the Huskies’ last 14 points and 19 of their last 21, including a fallaway three-pointer with nine-tenths of a second left, to lead them to an 88-85 win over Cornell in the consolation game of the Pepsi Marist Classic…finished that game with 35 points…named All-Tournament and America East Co-Player of the Week…scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half of a 75-68 triumph over Binghamton…tallied 30 points as Northeastern beat Boston University, 77-75…named America East Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 31…scored 36 points in Northeastern’s 73-67 win over New Hampshire…25 of those points came in the final 20 minutes, which is a school record for points in a half…named America East Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 7…tied a career high with 14 assists in an 86-66 win over Hartford…recorded a double-double of 17 points and 12 assists in an 82-51 win over Maine…recorded his third double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 assists in a 70-63 win over Albany…earned America East Co-Player of the Week honors on Feb. 28…tied the school record for points in a game (41) in Northeastern’s 90-79 America East quarterfinal win over No. 7 Stony Brook…his point total is the second-most in the history of the tournament and is a record for a quarterfinal game…tied a conference tournament mark as well as Reggie Lewis’ Northeastern record with 17 made field goals against the Black Bears.