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PLAYERS: Harrison Barnes
While a day or so ago I spoke about Kendall Marshall and his chances at the next level, in today’s post I will talk about the other former UNC sophomore headed into the NBA Draft: small forward Harrison Barnes. If I had to summarize the young man’s career at Chapel Hill in one sentence it would go something like… “great talent that just did not live up to all the hype around him”. As a freshman he came in as a pre-season All-American and while when it was all said and done in the first year under head coach Roy Williams he did become a good scorer he never came close to meeting that hefty goal that was laid on his shoulders. As a sophomore he scored 17.1 points per game but was never the star so many, both in the media and in the fan base, thought he could be while donning the carolina blue. Going into the National Basketball Association I am sure that the 6’8″/230 lbs forward has some of the scouts wondering if he will ever be able to achieve the expectations that so many had for him. On the other hand there is no denying how good he can be, with a solid build and set skills on both side of the ball. Barnes might never be compared to some of the best as he was in high school, but there is no way that his talents won’t shine in the NBA, from being able to score anywhere on the floor to being able to guard most anyone on defense. When you speak of this sophomore player you have to say that he has the potential to be the total package, maybe not as highly ranked as previously thought of, but still the total deal. The most evident of things that needs to be added to his repertoire is driving to the basket, which might also lead to him passing more as defenses close on him and the wing player is open. For me the biggest key for Harrison Barnes is going to a team where he does not have to be the top dog. Which means avoiding going to the Bobcats and falling to either #4 Cavaliers, where he would join his buddy Kyrie Irving along with some other talented players, or one step below to the Kings. Both these teams could use a small forward for the future and both have talent on their rosters. My choice would be to Cleveland, where with his commitment to hard work and dedication to the game, the young man might just make the fan base forgot about some guy named James.
For an old Heel like myself watching Harrison Barnes at the next level will be a sour sweet taste. Sweet because I will see an amazing young man mature and become as good as we thought he could have been while playing at the Dean Dome. Sour because I will see that in his two seasons under coach Williams the forward did not understand what type of player he could truly be. Will the young man out of Iowa ever be an All-Star? My thought is yes, but most likely not one that will be there year in, year out. What he will be is a player/team mate that in the right system can give you from 15 to 20 points per game while playing good solid defense. And those two things alone should give Harrison Barnes a decade (if not longer) in the National Basketball Association. All the rest will be gravy, both for himself and the team that takes him this Thursday night.

North Carolina Basketball: Harrison Barnes Goes to the Warriors

When it was all said and done North Carolina had four players go in the first round of last night’s NBA Draft. That was no surprise. However what was much of a surprise was how they went, and I will begin with the first one picked… Harrison Barnes, who did not surprise anyone by being the first of the quartet taken, but might have surprised some how he fell. The sophomore small...

Harrison Barnes scouting report

Harrison Barnes scouting report, SF North Carolina Seth’s Take:  It wasn’t too long ago that Harrison Barnes was one of, if not the top prospect coming out of high school and was a lock to be a top pick in the NBA Draft, and hell with the Bobcats picking second he still could be, but the shine came off once he got into college and it truly never came back. Barnes has the prototypical...

Harrison Barnes goes to Golden State Grade B+

The Golden State Warriors had to be thrilled that Barnes was still on the board. He will fit right in with their type of play. He likes to get up and down and he can shoot the three. Barnes has a chance to be the best pure scorer out of this draft class. His game reminds people of Joe Johnson with more upside. Barnes’ jump shot is textbook; he is an effective three...

Warriors take Harrison Barnes at No. 7

The Golden State Warriors picked up one of the most talented offensive players in the draft by selecting North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes with the No. 7 overall pick of Thursday's NBA draft. Bob Myers, hired as the Warriors new general manager recently, told the San Francisco Chronicle that his phone "almost blew up" when Barnes slipped to No. 7, because...

The case against Harrison Barnes

I wasn’t overly impressed by Harrison Barnes during his two years at North Carolina. So, with the NBA draft on Thursday, seeing his name near the top of every single mock draft makes me furrow a brow. And then, examining things even more closely, scouts also say he’s one of the most “NBA ready” talents available in the draft. Say what? When I think of Barnes, the trouble...

Barnes Drafted No. 7 by Golden State.

North Carolina wing Harrison Barnes was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 7 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Barnes should get chance to start for Warriors

Nobody will ever know if the Golden State Warriors prioritized need or went with the best available talent with the No. 7 pick of the draft. That's because, as far as Golden State was concerned, North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes fit both bills when it came time for the club to make its lottery selection. The leading scorer on a powerful Tar Heels team last season...

Lillard, Barnes Go with No. 6 and 7 picks in NBA draft

The Portland Trail Blazer selected Damian Lillard, a point guard from Weber State, with the No. 6 pick in the NBA draft Thursday, and the Golden State Warruirs took North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes at No. 7.

UNC Players NBA Career Prospects

Tonight is the NBA Draft and four Tar Heels figure to be selected in the first round ... probably all in the top 20 selections.So as someone who has watched virtually every second of every one of their games over the past four seasons, what kind of NBA players and careers will each of these guys have?HARRISON BARNES:  A lock to be a top ten pick and could be a top five guy.  He...

What We Think: Cavs and NBA Draft Predictions

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NBA Draft: A Call In Show Tonight From 9 til 11

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NBA Draft Day 2012 – Live Updates

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BCP 2012 Mock NBA Draft 3.0

1.  New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis (6’10″ PF, Freshman, Kentucky) 2.  Cleveland Cavaliers Bradley Beal (6’5″ SG, Freshman, Florida) 3.  Washington Wizards Harrison Barnes (6’8″ SF, North Carolina, Sophomore) 4.  Charlotte Bobcats Thomas Robinson (6’9″ PF, Junior, Kansas) 5.  Sacramento Kings Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6’7″ SF, Freshman, Kentucky) 6.  Portland...
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