CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- While the college basketball world has analyzed every shot, dunk, pass, foul and turnover associated with Harrison Barnes over the last two seasons, the North Carolina sophomore has worked through a more personal side of life away from home.
Unbeknownst to most onlookers, Barnes didnt arrive at UNC with all guns a blazing like many top-flight basketball prospects. Barnes saw life at UNC as a three-pronged journey, each of which required major adjustments.
An honor student, Barnes revealed he was a confident and outward young man when, as the top-rated high school player in the class of 2010, he made the official widely covered announcement via Skype he would attend North Carolina. Barnes later openly spoke about his intent on trying to equal, if not surpass, Michael Jordans accomplishments at Carolina three decades earlier. That only added to the pressure of being the top new dog in such a fabled program.
Two years later, Barnes has finally found a comfort ...