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Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 4:44 pm
 
Tyler Zeller and John Henson have decided to pass on early entry into the NBA Draft and return to North Carolina next season, coach Roy Williams announced Wednesday.

"John and Tyler certainly considered their options, but in the end it came down to how much they enjoyed not only college basketball, but being part of the collegiate experience both on and off the court," Williams said. "I spoke to about 10 NBA teams on their behalf and gave them that information, but their individual decisions are less about the NBA and more about what they wanted to do right now and the experiences they are enjoying."

Williams said Harrison Barnes is still weighing his options.

The freshman wing is a projected top five pick.

"Harrison is not as far along in his decision-making process as were Tyler and John," Williams said. "I am still gathering information on him from NBA teams and hope to provide him with all of that information by the end of next week."

Zeller averaged 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds last season while Henson averaged 11.7 points and 10.1 rebounds.

They helped North Carolina win the ACC and make the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

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namrahnotyal
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:36 pm
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Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

Great great news, though I couldn't fault either if they had decided to go pro.  Now it's HB's turn.  I swear I heard he was interested in staying three years right before (or after?) he committed to UNC.  I hope I heard right.


Awwww YEAAH.  Go Heels!



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

douggie.... Sounds like sour grapes!! Hahahahahahaha!! If Barnes decides to come back, we might just be hanging that SIXTH NCAA title banner next year. Can't wait to see that powerhouse starting lineup at Duke: Rivers, Curry (who plays ZERO D), Kelly (who builds brick houses on the court) & the Plum-less brothers (Mix & match with them, they ALL suck). Hahahahahahahahahaha!!



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

How does he get first round and lottery picks to come back year after year??

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UNC has lost MANY players early since Roy got here. Ed Davis?..Hmmmm..??..Lawson..Ellington..Wright..M. Williams..May...McCants..Felton..Yo

u can add Barnes, Henson, McAdoo, and Marshall to that list by next year, maybe 2013....So...yeah. UNC is always hurt by early entrees.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

@jedisithlord: 'Crapolina?' That's really original. Good job. Also, I'm not sure you should be throwing out the redneck label when you can barely piece together a coherent and grammatically competent paragraph, yourself. Harrison Barnes is an elite talent but, of the three players potentially leaving UNC early, he's the one player the Tar Heels could afford to lose. Had Zeller and/or Henson left, North Carolina's frontcourt would be nonexistant. With Bullock returning, an improving McDonald (he is, in fact, improving), and the addition of Hairston, UNC has the wing covered in a way it doesn't have depth in the paint. This isn't a hard concept to grasp. But keep up your wishful thinking that UNC would/will be terrible should Barnes leave. It's simply not true. Also, Dexter Strickland is not an offensive ace but he is one of the best man-on-man defenders in the country. Hate on, friend. Even if it makes no sense.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

I wish Roy Williams could give the same pitch to Kentucky players as he does UNC players, and they say Calipari is a care salesman !!!

How does he get first round and lottery picks to come back year after year??

He's been doing that since he was at Kansas it's called blackmail.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

CrapolinaBlueBoy........you are about as delusionary as every other Crapolina Redneck!   First, Barnes is a complete IDIOT if he bypasses the NBA.....he's ready NOW.   Secondly, you think McDonald is improving?   HE SUCKS with an exclaimation point at the end.   I'd let him shoot all day long as he only has one good game out of every twenty.   Strickland is only slightly better and a little more consistent having one good game out of ten.   If Barnes leaves, you're screwed.  




Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

Great news! With McAdoo and Hairston coming (if Barnes leaves), McDonald and Strickland improving, Kendall's unlimited ceiling, only concern is a big to give Henson and Zeller minutes off. If no big available, will have to put Watts, McAdoo or Barnes (fingers crossed) at the 4, which decreases our size advantage. And Henson and Zeller will need breathers because, with some depth again, Roy will get back to running every other team into the court. Selfishly, Barnes could use another year's playing time, although he was more mature as a freshman than Henson was as a sophomore. The drawback for him vs. Zeller/Henson's decision, his draft stock doesn't have as much room for improvement.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

I wish Roy Williams could give the same pitch to Kentucky players as he does UNC players, and they say Calipari is a care salesman !!!

How does he get first round and lottery picks to come back year after year??

I know Calipari would not let Demarcus Cousins come back when he wanted to, which i think is the right thing to do, got to let these kids make millions!


douggie
Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:27 pm
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