Posted on: November 13, 2009 4:48 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2009 5:05 pm
Harrison Barnes committed to North Carolina on Friday, choosing the Tar Heels over Duke, Iowa State and three other schools. The 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa is widely considered the top prospect in the Class of 2010 because of his physical gifts and the impressive way he handles himself both on and off the court.
Barnes informed UNC coach Roy Williams and the current Tar Heels via Skype.
“I just wanted to let you know I’ll be joining you guys next year on the squad," Barnes said. "I can’t wait.”
Barnes' commitment ensures North Carolina will have another monster class; MaxPreps.com already had it ranked eighth nationally, even before Barnes signed. Meantime, the development is a tough blow to Iowa State, which had hoped to land the hometown product. Barnes' mother, Shirley Barnes, actually works at ISU. But the local connection wasn't enough to keep Barnes from signing with North Carolina.
"HB is a great kid," Iowa State coach Greg McDermott Tweeted shortly after the announcement. "I wish him well. I am disappointed just like our fans. Time to focus on a group of guys that love Iowa State! "
Posted on: November 13, 2009 3:10 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2009 3:11 pm
Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Gee what a shock. YOU picking against Duke . A true rarity.
I didn't predict/guess that Harrison Barnes will announce for North Carolina because of anything that has to do with Duke. I have my reasons, and one of those reasons is because one of the coaches involved in the recruitment (not a UNC coach, by the way) told me he thinks it'll be the Tar Heels. I also have another reason, and I'll share that one with you later, if I'm correct.
In the meantime, here's a text I just got from a coach involved in the recruitment:
"I honestly have no idea."
Pretty suspenseful, huh?
Posted on: November 13, 2009 8:07 am
Edited on: November 13, 2009 8:09 am
Harrison Barnes will announce his college decision Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
At this moment, nobody seems to know where he's headed.
Officially, the nation's top recruit is considering Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and UCLA, but most believe -- and I've forever reported -- the choice will be Duke or UNC. For the longest time, I've thought Barnes would pick Duke, team with Kyrie Irving and help Mike Krzyzewski get back to the Final Four. And he still might. But my final prediction is that Barnes will sign with North Carolina and become the next great Tar Heel.
To be clear, that's my prediction/guess, nothing more.
If I'm right, I'll explain why I switched to UNC later today.
If I'm wrong, we'll forget all about this and just remember that I predicted Duke a long time ago.
Either way, it's happening at 4 p.m. ET.
Far as recruiting announcements go, it doesn't get bigger.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 5:17 pm
Bodog.com likes Kansas and Kentucky just as much as I like Kansas and Kentucky .
I visited the gambling site not because I'm a gambler, but because I wanted see the championship odds for certain schools. What I found is that Kansas (4-to-1) is the favorite followed by Kentucky (5-to-1). North Carolina (15-to-2) is third. Then it's Duke (10-to-1), Michigan State (12-to-1), Louisville (12-to-1), Texas (12-to-1), and Villanova (12-to-1).
Click this link (and scroll down) to check it out.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 1:56 am
Edited on: November 9, 2009 1:59 am
It's disappointing that college basketball's Opening Day isn't more eventful, or even an event of some kind. There's no Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, no Black Eyed Peas concert, no nothing. Just four games that are, on paper, mismatches with Florida International's Isiah Thomas coaching against North Carolina serving as the only notable storyline.
That'll be fun until tipoff.
Then we'll have a blowout on our hands.
So, no, the nation is not buzzing about college hoops today.
Why would it?
But college basketball is here, regardless.
And for that, I'm thankful (even if I'm convinced there's got to be a better way to open the season).
Anyway, here's Monday's schedule:
Posted on: November 5, 2009 4:01 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2009 4:33 pm
Shirley Barnes, the mother of top-ranked recruit Harrison Barnes, confirmed to CBSSports.com that her son will announce his college decision Nov. 13.
"H called the coaches," she wrote in an email. "They are aware that he's going to announce by signing his Letter of Intent on Nov. 13."
(That's next Friday, if you don't have a calendar handy.)
Barnes is a 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa.
He'll pick between Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and UCLA.
His final visit will be to Iowa State this weekend.
Posted on: October 27, 2009 2:41 pm
It's Opening Night in the NBA, and there are a combined 28 former Duke Blue Devils and UCLA Bruins on NBA rosters, according to research done by Duke recruiting coordinator Dave Bradley.
Here's how it breaks down:
1. Duke (14)
1. UCLA (14)
3. Connecticut (13)
3. North Carolina (13)
5. Arizona (10)
5. Kansas (10)
Posted on: September 25, 2009 8:58 am
Scout.com's top-ranked player in the Class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, has scheduled his remaining visits.
Barnes -- a 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa -- has already visited North Carolina officially.