Tag:Harrison Barnes
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:42 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Somehow Duke just won a game that seemed lost

By Gary Parrish

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- I had a bunch of words written and ready to post 25 minutes go.

Then North Carolina stopped scoring.

And Duke kept making shots.

And then Austin Rivers, with his Blue Devils somehow down by just two after trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, pulled from 25 feet on the right wing and buried a game-winning jumper at the buzzer that will never be forgotten around these parts. So now the scoreboard reads Duke 85, North Carolina 84, and that's the final. And now this building is quiet. And people are stunned. And I don't believe I've ever seen anything quite like what I just saw here at the Dean Smith Center.

"See y'all," Rivers yelled to the North Carolina students as he jogged off the court.

"[Expletive] you!" one student yelled back.

And, yeah, this Duke-UNC rivalry is as intense as ever.

"I've never seen anything like that," said UNC coach Roy Williams. "But this is North Carolina and Duke."

The game seemed over about an hour ago.

If you watched it, you know that.

Harrison Barnes was rolling, Tyler Zeller was overshadowing both Plumlee brothers, and John Henson looked like he might get 20 rebounds. The fifth-ranked Tar Heels were up 13 on their homecourt. I didn't see any reason to wait around before I started typing. So I started typing. I typed a bunch of words. And then North Carolina stopped scoring. And Duke kept making shots. And then Rivers buried a winning jumper that will never be forgotten around these parts, and I don't believe I've ever seen anything quite like what I just saw.
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:32 pm
 

No debate: NBA execs agree Davis likely top pick

By Jeff Goodman

There will be no debate about No. 1.

No, I'm not talking about whether it's North Carolina or Kentucky for the top overall spot in the poll.

I'm talking about the discussion of who will be the top overall pick in the NBA Draft - as long as there is such a thing as the NBA Draft this June.

After speaking to a handful of NBA executives since Tuesday night, there's only one name that surfaces right now - and that's Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.

True, he's only played a few games thus far - but it doesn't take a genius to see the potential.

He's a game-changer - on both ends of the floor.

He's got the length that NBA types drool over.

He plays hard - and has a feel for the game.

He's versatile.

The lone drawback with the 6-foot-10 Davis is that he's not ready to come in - from a physical standpoint - to the NBA.

However, it's all about potential - and his ceiling is higher than any of the other candidates (i.e. Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Lamb, Jared Sullinger).
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Which AP voters didn't vote for Barnes?

By Gary Parrish

Vote for an All-American team, you had to do two things:
  1. Put Jared Sullinger on it.
  2. Put Harrison Barnes on it, too.
After that, do whatever you like. Jordan Taylor, Tu Holloway or Kendall Marshall can be your point guard. You can take any combination of Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Perry Jones, Thomas Robinson and John Henson as your bigs. You can have John Jenkins or Austin Rivers as your scoring guard. You can use Jeremy Lamb and have two guards, two wings and a big. Anything within those guidelines is reasonable. But omitting Sullinger or Barnes is indefensible.

So guess what happened when the AP released it's All-American team on Monday?

It was revealed that two voters didn't have Barnes on their ballot.

I mean, he's still an AP All-American. (The team is Taylor, Lamb, Barnes, Jones and Sullinger.) But Barnes only received 63 of a possible 65 votes, which means two people who supposedly cover college basketball for a living didn't vote for the most talented player on the nation's most talented team despite the fact that Barnes averaged 24.7 points in the ACC tournament, 21.0 points in the NCAA tournament and 21.5 points over UNC's final 10 games. Yes, he got off to a slow start last season, but that was in his past by mid-February. The 6-foot-8 wing played like a star down the stretch, even got 40 in a win over Clemson, and there's no intelligent way to defend not including him on an All-American ballot.

But I'm willing to listen.

So if you're one of the two AP voters who didn't include Barnes, show yourself.

We'll give you space in this blog to explain the omission.

I wish you luck in advance.

Photo: AP
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Goodman Preseason Tour: Thoughts from UNC

By Jeff Goodman

Now that I've returned home and had an opportunity to catch my breathe from my Preseason Tour, I'll try and run through my thoughts from each practice I attended. I've already done so for Ohio State.

Here are my thoughts and observations from North Carolina - where I was for Midnight Madness:

1) Harrison Barnes will pick up where he left off last season and then some. The Tar Heels sophomore has that swagger back and while he isn't exploding to the basket, he's certainly more assertive. He's also far more comfortable playing with his buddy and roommate, Kendall Marshall.

Season tips Nov. 7
2) Speaking of Marshall, his perimeter shot has improved. That, along with his quickness, were the areas of focus this past offseason. However, Marshall's most important attributes will continue to be making his teammates' lives easier and also leading this team vocally. I wouldn't be surprised if he leads the nation in assists and also averages double-figures this season in scoring.

3) It'll be interesting to see which one of Reggie Bullock or P.J. Hairston emerge. Both are terrific perimeter shooters - arguably among the Top 50 in the nation - but Bullock has the edge - when healthy - because he's further along defensively.

4) James Michael McAdoo may come along slowly since he has been on the mend due to tendinitis for a month or so. The positive is that, barring an injury to one of the frontline guys, McAdoo will be a piece this season. A damn good piece. Then he will turn into a star as a sophomore.

5) Dexter Strickland will be a huge key for this team and its national title hopes. He's a glue guy, but his perimeter shot appears to be more consistent - and his ability to run the team has improved as well. He will likely split his time between both backcourt spots, but the critical component for Strickland will come on the defensive end where he'll need to become a lock-down defender.

6) John Henson's offensive game is a work in progress. He's still raw on that end of the floor, but I still say he's as important on the defensive end as just about anyone in the country due to his length and ability to both block and alter shots.

7) Tyler Zeller is vastly underrated and is also the biggest beneficiary (Barnes is a close second) of Marshall and his floor game. Zeller, one of the best big man "runners" in the country, should be the recipient of a couple fastbreak baskets per game from the pure point guard.

8) Leslie McDonald said he hasn't ruled out playing this season, but it appears far-fetched. He tore his ACL this past summer in a Pro-Am game and said there's a chance he could be back on the court shortly after the New Year. My guess is he winds up redshirting.

9) Spent some time with ex-Tar Heels Tyler Hansbrough and Bobby Frasor. Psycho T is completely healthy after a brutal offseason a year ago in which he wasn't cleared to do anything - and Frasor is trying to break into college coaching.

10) Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes need ping pong lessons.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:51 pm
 

North Carolina trio made right decision - for now

By Jeff Goodman

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller were on the court, acting, well, like college kids.

They were performing the annual dances that have become a staple at North Carolina's Midnight Madness.

However, they could as well have been in the stands, sitting next to Vince Carter and Raymond Felton, waiting for the NBA lockout to end.

Barnes, Henson and Zeller all considered leaving Chapel Hill early for the NBA.

But the moment all three opted to return, the Tar Heels became the frontrunners to cut down the nets in New Orleans this April.

"They did make the right decision - for that reason," Felton said following the festivities. "And for the opportunity to do something special."

This group has a different outlook than some that have been tabbed as the unanimous (find me one idiot who doesn't have UNC at No. 1 in the preseason) top team in the country.

Remember, upperclassmen Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Dexter Strickland had endured a year and a half of getting crucified.

Two years ago, the Tar Heels were 20-17.

NIT.

A year ago, they were hammered again - even after the addition of a freshman class which featured Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall.

Until Marshall entered the starting lineup in mid-January.

Then it all changed.

The pieces began to click - and everyone fell in love with the Tar Heels.

No. 1 to start the season, no shortage of accolades.

While the NBA players can only sit and wait.

However, Zeller isn't quite ready to anoint his decision as a success.

Not just yet.

"We'll see at the end of the year whether it was good or bad," he said of the decision to return to Chapel Hill for another go-around.

Zeller is hoping that'll be determined on April 2 in New Orleans.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:51 am
 

Psycho T's thoughts on his UNC Tar Heels

By Jeff Goodman

Tyler Hansbrough, in preparation for the NBA lockout, has spent the entire offseason in Chapel Hill.

Unlike a year ago, the Indiana Pacers forward is healthy.

"Last year and this year are totally different," said Hansbrough, who wasn't able to do anything a year ago prior to the season. "Last year I sat out pretty much the whole year."

Hansbrough, who is living with Bobby Fraser in Chapel Hill, has been able to get an inside look at this year's North Carolina Tar Heels group - which has been tabbed by many as the preseason No. 1 team in America.

Here are a few thoughts:

- The player who has impressed him the most? Freshman P.J. Hairston. "I'm really high on him. He's way more athletic than I thought. He can really shoot it and he's exactly what we need. If he can play defense ... I'm a little worried about his defense."

- On Harrison Barnes: "When he first came in last year, he forced some shots and you could tell that he felt as if he had to do things himself. Now he's more relaxed, he's smooth instead of forcing things to go his way. He's letting the game come to him. ... He's just not one of those guys who is going to blow you away, though, and take over a game. He's just smooth in how he does it."

- On Kendall Marshall: "He's not the most athletic guy, but he's really good at what he does - passing the ball and getting the ball to people in the right spots to score. He's just very smart about the game and can really find people ... and he never seems to get rattled."

- On who are the leaders of this team: "I'd say Kendall. He's a vocal guy and tells his teammates what they need to do. I think (Tyler) Zeller leads by example, kind of like I did when I was there, but he isn't as vocal."

- on John Henson: "He can really rebound and block shots. He's still improving his offensive game - and it's still a little raw. He's definitely put time in the weight room, but John's never going to be a physical guy. That's just not his game."

- On freshman James McAdoo: "I really like him, I think he's got a chance to be really good. I want to see him develop a few moves. He needs to get a feel for the system. I don't think he's ever played in an up-and-down pace like what Coach Williams runs. I think he'll be a big-time player, but it may take until the middle of the season for him to break out."

- Hansbrough said that former teammate Bobby Frasor, who played overseas last season, is leaning towards trying to getting into coaching.

Photo: AP
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the list of 50 players for the John Wooden Preseason watch list was this afternoon.

My guess is that my colleague, Gary Parrish, missed it. I did not. 

Anyway, here's my list of 50.

Remember, transfers and freshman are not eligible, so that means that guys like frosh Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers - as well as transfer Arnett Moultrie - couldn't be included.

My Wooden Preseason Top 50

Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, PF, Sr., Notre Dame
Harrison Barnes, 6-8, SF, Soph., North Carolina
Will Barton, 6-6, SG, Soph., Memphis
Dee Bost, 6-2, PG, Sr., Mississippi State
William Buford, 6-5, SG, Sr., Ohio State
Kyle Casey, 6-7, SF, Jr., Harvard
Jason Clark, 6-2, G, Sr., Georgetown
Aaron Craft, 6-2, PG, Soph., Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, G, Jr., Saint Mary's
Festus Ezeli, 6-11, C, Sr., Vanderbilt
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, G, Sr., Pittsburgh
Mike Glover, 6-7, F, Sr., Iona
Drew Gordon, 6-9, PF, Sr., New Mexico
Draymond Green, 6-6, PF, Sr., Michigan State
JaMychal Green, 6-8, PF, Sr., Alabama
Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, G, Sr., California
Tim Hardaway 6-5, SG, Jr., Soph., Michigan
Elias Harris, 6-7, F, Jr., Gonzaga
John Henson, 6-11, PF, Jr., North Carolina
Tu Holloway, 6-0, PG, Sr., Xavier
Robbie Hummel, 6-8, F, Sr., Purdue
Joe Jackson, 6-0, PG, Soph., Memphis
Scoop Jardine, 6-2, PG, Sr., Syracuse
John Jenkins, 6-4, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Jones, 6-8, F, Sr., West Virginia
Perry Jones, 6-11, F, Soph., Baylor
Terrence Jones, 6-9, PF, Soph., Kentucky
Ryan Kelly, 6-10, F, Jr., Duke
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, Soph., UConn
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, PG, Soph., North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, PF, Sr., Minnesota
Ray McCallum, 6-3, PG, Soph., Detroit
Rodney McGruder, 6-4, SG, Jr., Kansas State
Doug McDermott, 6-7, F, Soph., Creighton
Shabazz Napier, 6-1, PG, Soph., UConn
Reeves Nelson, 6-7, PF, Jr., UCLA
Andrew Nicholson, 6-10, PF, Sr., St. Bonaventure
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, PF, Jr., Kansas
Terrence Ross, 6-6, SG, Soph., Washington
John Shurna, 6-9, F, Sr., Northwestern
Peyton Siva, 5-11, PG, Jr., Louisville
Josh Smith, 6-9, C, Soph., UCLA
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, PF/C, Soph., Ohio State
Jeffery Taylor, 6-7, SF, Sr., Vanderbilt
Jordan Taylor, 6-1, PG, Sr., Wisconsin
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, PG, Soph., Villanova
Patric Young, 6-9, C, Soph., Florida
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, C, Sr., North Carolina
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:59 pm
 

No, we didn't forget Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

By Gary Parrish

Jeff Goodman and I spent Monday doing a 2012 NBA mock draft.

We alternated picks.

I took Harrison Barnes first.

Goodman took Anthony Davis second and said he would've taken him first.

(Note: Looks like I'm the smart one. Again.)

Then we knocked out the next 28 picks and among the players never selected was Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, which led to a few emails that asked the following questions: "Are you an idiot? Did you forget about Jordan Taylor?"

Answer to Question No. 1: Maybe

Answer to Question No. 2: No

As everybody should know by now, being a great college player doesn't necessarily make somebody a great NBA prospect, and Taylor might be an example of that. I'm not ready to give up on his NBA prospects just yet because he could reasonably go late in the first round of any draft and then develop into a quality NBA point guard. I don't know. But the fact that Taylor is a tremendous college guard means nothing ... except for that he'll be a First Team Preseason All-American.

Speaking of, I decided to take a look at how some preseason All-American teams might look.

If I'm doing two teams, here's what I've got:

G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)
 
 
 
 
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