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Barnes returning to UNC

Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:21 am
Harrison Barnes announced on Monday that he will return to North Carolina for his sophomore season.

"Opportunities, both beneficial and life changing, can seem to make the next phase of my journey an easy decision, but I am a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina," Barnes said. "I'm here to experience college life, grow as a person, receive a quality education, and be part of the greatest basketball family in college sports. ... I look forward to meeting the challenging journey in the NBA, but [right now] I'm focused on being a student-athlete, and my decision is to continue this part of my journey at the University of North Carolina."

Barnes would've been considered for the No. 1 overall pick had he entered the 2011 NBA Draft, but his decision isn't shocking considering he's always seemed different and more well-rounded than most other top-tier prospects. The 6-foot-8 wing averaged 15.7 points last season while leading the Tar Heels to an ACC regular-season title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. His return means North Carolina will be the consensus preseason No. 1 team.

"I'm very proud of my son and his decision," Barnes' mother, Shirley Barnes, told on Monday morning. "Next season should be exciting."
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Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:48 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

I think I just heard coach Cal & Matta cursing up a storm!!!

Is next season here yet????

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:38 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

why can't you morons just accept this decesion and move on? he wants to play college ball whats wrong with that?he wass rated as either #1 or #2 pick so the idiot who said on here he didn't "pan" out what are you saying?..he's no good?..DUKE fans will always hate UNC players and vice versa so of course they hate barnes ,,now if he was a dukie he'd be a to make dumb comments about an 19 years decesion to have fun and enjoy college is just ignorant

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:28 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

Won't have to worry about anyone from Duke knocking him out, they are all prima donnas. Is the NBA keen on big white stiffs? If not, then no worries about most Blue Devils going pro.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:18 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

Highly ranked high school prospects don't always pan out.

see Harrison Barnes

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:15 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

Oh the things you retarded butt sluts would be saying about both the player and Coach K if this was a Dukie.  Guess he realized the NBA isn't real keen on small forwards that are slow and can't dribble.  Here's to hoping somebody knocks that smug douchebag the fuck out. 

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:07 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

HB just doesn't want to get stuck on the Wolves...can blame him for that.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:51 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

Huckleberry continues to dash the NBA dreams of his players.  interesting.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:25 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

Hey Catsfan, Just want to know which scouting team or sports agency you work for. Obviously you have all the inside info on scouting, recruiting and draft projection and not only that, you can see the future and know that Rivers will get hot in march next year and end up being the #1 pick. Oh and by the way Barnes was not projected to be the #1 pick this year, it was seen to be Irving, williams and a few others ahead of Barnes. It is not likely his stock will drop next year. And who knows, rivers could be a big headache and drop i.e. Selby. Some of the UK guys may not prove to be that great. Maybe they will have an attitude problem like Cousins and cost Cal a championship like two years ago. You recruit a bunch of one and done players you get a bunch of egos on a team, and egos rarely win championships. Roy talked to several NBA teams and got feedback for Barnes, Barnes had more interest than Zeller or Henson so it took a bit longer to weigh the info. Oh yeah, but I forgot you have been a head coach of a division I program as well. Just keep counting the days until Cal brings some violations to Kentucky, any day now.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:03 pm

Barnes returning to UNC

@CatsFan:<br /> <br /> Barnes's decision was 'likely edged on by Williams?' Please prove this. If you knew anything about North Carolina, you'd know Roy urges all of his players in a position to be drafted Top 3-5 to leave. So don't run your mouth about something you obviously know nothing about.<br /> <br /> And Barnes is more than just a 'good player.' Austin Rivers hasn't played a college game yet and Barnes has been on an upward trajectory from Day One. The same for Davis, Jr. And Barnes doesn't have the opportunity to 'rise into the national spotlight' in March? Do you understand how stupid your assumptions sound?<br /> <br /> You Kentucky fans are a pathetically hilarious bunch. North Carolina offers an exceptional education to its students and Barnes chose North Carolina largely for it's highly ranked undergradaute business program. His family is not in a bad financial place so there isn't an urgent need to earn a large salary. Barring serious injury, he will likely be a Top 3-5 pick again next season. Barnes has always stated he wants to win a title while receiving a great education in the process. The NBA will happily take him whenever he's ready.<br /> <br /> But continue to delude yourself if you must. The rationalizations by the haters never ceases to amaze me.<br />

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:02 pm

Barnes returning to UNC are correct. The artical does not say anything about seeds. I was responding to adonze40's comment about UNC being a lock for a 1 seed in the tourney.

Cester0905...well said and point taken. I am glad to see at least some people on this sight have some intelligence.

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