Harrison Barnes to return to UNC

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedBlue12 View Post
    That's odd.. Could've sworn he was projected around 9 or 11.
    Per ESPN rolling message on the TV screen...Barnes, projected #3 pick
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    This stings but I am glad to see one person from the state of North Carolina returning. Why Kyrie, why.

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    "As an 18-year old, I'm in the early stages of my life journey," Barnes says. "I'm honored and blessed for the chance to play in the NBA. And because of my family, teachers, passion, and work, I have the ultimate dream of one day playing and experiencing a fulfilling career in the NBA.

    "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. 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.

    "The experiences I've enjoyed on and off the court will be invaluable. These experiences will help fuel my journey in the NBA and beyond.

    "I look forward to meeting the challenging journey in the NBA, but my decision on November 13, 2009, still holds true. 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.

    "As a team, we're preparing for a special season. My off-season plans are to diligently work on honing my basketball skills in all areas with one team-goal in mind -- to bring the 2012 national championship home to UNC."

    Well said Mr. Barnes...

    http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m...041811aaa.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pancake View Post
    "As an 18-year old, I'm in the early stages of my life journey," Barnes says. "I'm honored and blessed for the chance to play in the NBA. And because of my family, teachers, passion, and work, I have the ultimate dream of one day playing and experiencing a fulfilling career in the NBA.

    "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. 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.

    "The experiences I've enjoyed on and off the court will be invaluable. These experiences will help fuel my journey in the NBA and beyond.

    "I look forward to meeting the challenging journey in the NBA, but my decision on November 13, 2009, still holds true. 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.

    "As a team, we're preparing for a special season. My off-season plans are to diligently work on honing my basketball skills in all areas with one team-goal in mind -- to bring the 2012 national championship home to UNC."

    Well said Mr. Barnes...

    http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m...041811aaa.html


    Well said.


    Refreshing answer.


    I still don't like him.

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    Spoken like someone who has actually read a book or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    This stings but I am glad to see one person from the state of North Carolina returning. Why Kyrie, why.

    I hear this in Marlon Wayans' voice saying 'why' and I can't stop laughing.

    Then I see the scene at the end of What Happens in Vegas when Cameron Diaz's friend punches Jason Sudekis in his man area and goes...'you know why.....you know why...'

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    ^ I hear it in Nancy Kerrigan's voice after Tonya Harding's goon clubbed her in the knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    ^ I hear it in Nancy Kerrigan's voice after Tonya Harding's goon clubbed her in the knee.

    I laughed but now I feel guilty because that was real......

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    Even as a Duke fan I can't wait to see this game.
    Me either....I just hope I don't have to watch it New Orleans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    ^ I hear it in Nancy Kerrigan's voice after Tonya Harding's goon clubbed her in the knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockPride View Post
    Me either....I just hope I don't have to watch it New Orleans.
    Man....I hope you don't either. Geez......


    That would suck but it would be a good game at least. I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    ^ I hear it in Nancy Kerrigan's voice after Tonya Harding's goon clubbed her in the knee.
    That's one I will never forget.

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    Read this on ESPN Insider today. I thought I'd share it for those who don't have Insider.



    Harrison Barnes recently announced that he will return to North Carolina for his sophomore season, a decision that has pretty much every pundit putting the Tar Heels atop his or her very early top-25 list. The great expectations for Roy Williams' team are understandable. Two of Barnes' teammates, Tyler Zeller and John Henson, have also chosen to return to Chapel Hill, even though they too could have found themselves selected in the first round of this summer's NBA draft.

    Barnes isn't the only high-profile player who's decided to come back for his sophomore year -- Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Baylor's Perry Jones have also announced that they will stay in school for at least another year. Perhaps the possibility of an NBA lockout next season helped drive these decisions -- certainly it had to be a factor. Then again, maybe the league's current labor strife wasn't such an elephant in the room after all. Sullinger, incredibly, has said he didn't even know of the NBA's looming work stoppage until after he'd made his decision (Ohio State apparently needs to beef up the current events portion of its curriculum), while Henson has admitted candidly he likely would have entered the draft if he were projected as a top-five pick.

    To me, however, it's Barnes' choice to stay that really stands out. Here are my thoughts on what just happened and what it all means:

    Barnes has made the most surprising decision of the one-and-done era
    I have no doubt that Sullinger and Jones would have heard their names called very early on draft night but, that being said, it's not terribly surprising that freshman post players in 2011 are thinking twice about jumping to the NBA. For better or worse the recent track record of one-and-done players who don't shoot 3s is not uniformly impressive. Kevin Love is a star, and DeMarcus Cousins had a fine rookie season, but for every Love or Cousins there's a Byron Mullens or Anthony Randolph. If the NBA is truly becoming a guards' league, as some have suggested, we shouldn't be too surprised to see teenage big men hesitating to join up.

    But for a small forward like Barnes, who was projected as "a very likely top-five pick," to stay in school verges on the unprecedented. Not only is it probable that the freshman from Ames, Iowa, would have been selected at the top of the draft, he may even have been able to contribute to an NBA team right away (again, assuming professional basketball is played next year). Players with that profile simply don't hang around the college game. Until now.

    Just don't confuse a surprise with a new era
    North Carolina fans are rightly ecstatic that their Elite Eight team is returning next season virtually intact, but of course Kentucky fans weren't so fortunate. Wildcats Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins apparently didn't get the memo that sticking around campus was the next big thing. As I write this we're still a couple days away from the deadline for college players to declare for the draft, so the final numbers aren't in. Nevertheless, it looks like the number of undergraduates putting their names forward (whether or not they withdraw them later) may not be far off what it was last year, even with the threat of a stoppage looming.

    Barnes is better than his stats
    It's no secret that Barnes improved as his freshman year progressed, but his early struggles were so pronounced (remember the 0-of-12 effort against Minnesota in Puerto Rico?) that they inflicted permanent damage on his season totals. I recommend ignoring the early struggles entirely. They happened in calendar 2010, when no one had heard of Rebecca Black. (Imagine!) In the more recent past, however, Barnes was outstanding. Over the course of the Tar Heels' last 23 games (conference play and the ACC and NCAA tournaments), the freshman drained 51 percent of his 2s and 36 percent of his 3s -- all while personally accounting for a Kemba Walker-like 31 percent of UNC's shot attempts during his minutes.

    Don't fret too much about Carolina's perimeter woes -- yet
    In ACC play last season the Heels made just 29 percent of their 3s, and I'll admit that whenever I saw an opposing team extend its defense against North Carolina the same thought always flashed through my mind: Why? So it's no surprise that the inability of this team to connect from long range is already being brought up as an Achilles' heel. Fair enough, but there's also this: Connecticut made 9 percent of its in 3s in its two Final Four games. The Huskies (who by the way made just 32 percent of their 3s in Big East play) won the national championship anyway. I'm not saying 3s don't matter. I am saying this is an odd moment to hold forth on the paramount importance of a team's perimeter shooting.

    In 2009, when Barnes announced that he would attend North Carolina, he famously held a nationally televised press conference and placed a Skype call to Williams. By contrast, his decision to stay in school was communicated via a simple written statement. The medium may have been understated this time around, but the message was overwhelming: Barnes, the sure-thing top-five pick, is coming back. We will be feeling the effects throughout the 2011-12 season.





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