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    It is an upstanding tradition to create a thread for the most hyped player going in to the NCAA 2011 Season and projected as 1st Overall Pick on the 2011 NBA Draft.


    Harrison Barnes

    DOB: 5/29/1992
    Position: Forward
    School: Ames HS IA
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    HT 6'8
    Weight 209

    Highest Potential Grant Hill
    Lowest Potential Luol Deng

    StrengthsAthletic wing with long arms (7-foot wingspan), good muscle tone and excellent body balance ... Kid with a great attitude, work ethic and willingness to improve … Has a disciplined approach. Shows a good understanding of the game making positive decisions with the ball ... Doesn’t show many bad habits, good body language … Has excellent form on his shot, and developing range … Can pull up off the dribble and hit shots … Does a good job of attacking the basket and creating contact and free throw shooting opportunities … Good foot speed, both side to side and first step off the dribble … Already has good body strength and with wide shoulders and core strength, should be able to add additional strength without sacrificing any speed or agility … Knocks down shots from the line at a good rate … Has only been playing primarily on the wing for the past 18 months, before that he was an inside player so he’s on a steep development curve learning how to play the wing. His development has been very quick which bodes well for him … Gives good effort on the defensive end getting low and using a proper defensive stance … Perspective. Appears to have a good understanding of where he is now, and where he’s going … Still shows a good deal of potential left in his game …
    WeaknessNeeds to work on improving his left hand and become equally adept at driving using either hand … Should look to improve his mid-range game and become a more consistent shooter from the perimeter … Makes good decisions with the ball but appears more comfortable in the half court than finding teammates on the break … Shows an evolving offensive game after moving to the wing position and his ball handling and passing are still becoming second nature to him. He is beginning to look very comfortable with the ball in his hands facing the basket and his handle continues to develop …
    High expectations for the Tarheels this season.
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    Across town, Kyrie Irving's gonna be lifting Duke's second National CHampionship trophy. All about KI.

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    What a setup it has been! Irving to play for Duke being another highly touted freshman while Barnes goes to NC.
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    I love this kid's game. Super polished and smooth which is rare for his age. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes and is reportedly a very hard worker. I remember hearing that his coach said he is the hardest working player he's ever had

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    This kid was much more polished than most of the top players in the country this past season. I would say him and Jared Sullinger were head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.
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    Nice promotional Banner from North Carolina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    Nice promotional Banner from North Carolina.


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    Default Harrison Barnes: A "Workaholic"

    CHAPEL HILL -- The second story in an occasional series about incoming recruits at the Big Four schools.

    North Carolina freshman Harrison Barnes was practicing moves at the Smith Center on July 3 when he spotted strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian.

    "So, are we going to do a workout tomorrow?" the top incoming recruit in the nation asked.

    The next day - a holiday Sunday - the 6-foot-6 wing completed his 9 a.m. solo session with Sahratian with a similar question: "What time tomorrow?"

    "Then the next morning, he comes in at 8:30 a.m. ... with Kendall [Marshall], Will Graves and Dexter Strickland," Sahratian remembered. "I said, 'I thought you were coming by yourself.' He said, 'I can't do it all alone.'

    "Right then I said, 'OK, we're going to be all right.' "

    Barnes - projected as the No. 1 overall NBA pick next summer in several mock drafts - is already known for his smooth outside shot, athletic rebounding and honed court smarts. But the Iowa native also boasts an intangible quality that might be even more important as the Tar Heels try to ricochet from the worst season in the Roy Williams era: leadership.

    One of the things Williams lamented about last season's freefall - when the reigning national champions finished 5-11 in the ACC, failed to make the NCAA tournament and only managed to win 20 games because of an NIT run - was his team's failure to consistently work hard.

    He won't have that problem with Barnes, whose summer session dorm room boasted a pile of basketball books but no TV; who can be found working on his dribbling skills in the weight room if the court is taken; and who has become a pied piper, of sorts, when it comes to working out.

    "[Coach Williams] is not going to call him a leader, because he's a freshman," said Strickland, a sophomore guard. "But actions speak louder than words. You don't have to say anything, you can play, you can work out, you can set an example - and the way you present yourself can make you be a leader, alone."

    Competitive youth

    Barnes has been showing those leadership qualities for years. Off the court, he was an honor roll student through high school who plans to major in business administration at UNC while, he has said, pushing for the top GPA on the team. He played soccer and the cello as a youth and still occasionally dabbles on the saxophone.

    As the son of former Iowa State basketball player Ronnie Harris, who left the family when Barnes was young, basketball has always been a part of his life. But he has often credited his mom, Shirley Barnes - who works in the department of music at Iowa State, and raised him and his sister alone - for instilling his love of the game. And for keeping him humble and cementing his focus. Efforts to reach her were unsuccessful.

    Team rules prohibit UNC freshmen from talking to the media once they reach campus, until after they play in their first game.

    But Vance Downs, Barnes' coach at Ames (Iowa) High, said of the player's mother: "She's very driven. And I'm not sure she sleeps - she's the type of person that's always doing so much, I wonder if she ever goes to bed. ... Without a doubt, she's unbelievably strong, and she's instilled that work ethic in Harrison."

    It showed early on.

    Barnes' fifth-grade coach, Jafar Azmayesh, sensed the player's maturity the first time they met.

    "That first day, we showed up to nine 10-year-olds standing there for practice, their behavior, their actions, how they carried themselves, were all on par with what 10-year-olds do," Azmayesh told the Iowa State Daily. "Except Harrison was more like a 17- or 18-year-old."

    His competitive spirit only grew as he did, as he worked to be the best at everything - be it eating the most spaghetti at dinner with friends or burying the most free throws at practice.

    "With Harrison, the simplest drill becomes a cutthroat experience," Downs said. "It just spreads, everybody becomes challenged. And the team gets better."

    Now, fans are hoping that carries over at UNC, as well.

    In just the couple of months Barnes has been in Chapel Hill, sophomore John Henson said, teammates have seen him staying after pickup games to shoot - and they stay, too. Roommates hear him getting up early to work out, and they do, too.

    His drive is so tangible that it has drawn comparisons to Tyler Hansbrough, UNC's all-time leading scorer who helped the Tar Heels surpass expectations his freshman season in 2005-06 and ultimately pushed them to the 2009 national title.

    "He is the high school version of Tyler in some ways, because he's the most focused high school player I've ever recruited, the most disciplined high school player I've ever recruited," Williams said. "Tyler was that way and took it to another two or three levels after he got here."

    A 'workaholic'

    Now the question is: Will Barnes do the same?

    Like Hansbrough in 2005, the 205-pound wing joins a team with question marks. But unlike Hansbrough in 2005, he has been dubbed the preseason savior - something Williams thinks is far from fair.

    The coach has insisted he doesn't need Barnes to be the team's leader. Instead, "I need him to play his rear end off." But asked if a freshman can lead, he gave two prime examples. There was Jacque Vaughn at Kansas, to whom "everybody listened, and if Jacque said it was sunshiny - and it could be raining like crap - 13 people believed the sun was shining." And there was Hansbrough, who didn't talk much early on but set an example by scoring 40 points against Georgia Tech his freshman season and outworking everyone in the weight room.

    "That's the reason he was a good leader," Williams said, "because people watched him and said, 'He's pretty good, we'd better play ourselves.' "

    Sound familiar?

    "[Harrison] is a workaholic, he wants to get better, and that factor alone drives me," Strickland said. "His work ethic alone should motivate everyone on the team - not, 'I want to be as good,' but 'I want to be better [than him].' So I look at it as a motivation tool. ... And hopefully, it will make all of us better."

    Barnes, who joins point guard Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock in a star-studded recruiting class, is expected to start - and put up impressive numbers from the outset. But it's the tone he is setting off the court now that could impact UNC's season the most.

    Downs, his high school coach, likes to tell the story of the time that, as a 14-year-old freshman, Barnes phoned, begging to use the team's weight room - even though Downs had given the team a week off for spring break.

    "Coach," Barnes told him, "we aren't going to win state championships by taking a week off."

    So Barnes didn't take the week off. And he went on to score a school record 1,787 points, and help the Little Cyclones win back-to-back titles, before he graduated.
    I love Barnes' work ethic.
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    North Carolina Tar-Heels forward Harrison Barnes made the All-American Prediction by the Associated Press and was the 1st Freshman to do so. Barnes joins Kyle Singler (Duke), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), and JaJuan Johnson (Purdue) on the pre-season prediction conducted.
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    Will officially debut on November 11, 2010 against Lipscomb.

    On the exhibition game against Barton, Barnes did look like a freshman with jitters as Barnes had 7 points and six turnovers.
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    who do you all think are the top 10 nba talents in the ncaa right now??

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    Quote Originally Posted by fu5u View Post
    who do you all think are the top 10 nba talents in the ncaa right now??
    You mean NCAA players that are will be eventually NBA talents?

    Here's mine:

    1. Harrison Barnes (UNC)
    2. Perry Jones (Baylor)
    3. Kyrie Irving (Duke)
    4. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
    5. Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
    6. Alec Burks (Colorado)
    7. Kyle Singler (Duke)
    8. Fab Melo (Syracuse)
    9. Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech)
    10. Trey Thompkins (Georgia)

    But recently, the projected NBA Draft Class for 2011 are a bit shallow compared to this year's.
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    Harrison Barnes made his anticipated debut against Lipscomb recently and had a luke-warm performance. Scoring 14 points, grabbing 4 rebounds and had 1 block in 27 minutes.
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    Best case: Tracy McGrady
    Worst case: Darius Miles
    aim low, score high

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Best case: Tracy McGrady
    Worst case: Darius Miles
    I agree on your version where it seems feasible at his current development.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    You mean NCAA players that are will be eventually NBA talents?

    Here's mine:

    1. Harrison Barnes (UNC)
    2. Perry Jones (Baylor)
    3. Kyrie Irving (Duke)
    4. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
    5. Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
    6. Alec Burks (Colorado)
    7. Kyle Singler (Duke)
    8. Fab Melo (Syracuse)
    9. Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech)
    10. Trey Thompkins (Georgia)

    But recently, the projected NBA Draft Class for 2011 are a bit shallow compared to this year's.
    My top 10:

    1) Harrison Barnes
    2) Kyrie Irving
    3) Terrence Jones
    4) Josh Selby
    5) Jared Sullinger
    6) Perry Jones
    7) John Henson
    8) Patric Young
    9) C.J. Leslie
    10) Jordan Hamilton

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    UNC 107 Hofstra 63

    Harrison Barnes scores a team high 19 points, added 7 rebounds plus 2 assists and 1 block in 25 minutes of play. Barnes was 4-5 from beyond the arc and was 7-11 overall in the field.
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    UNC Tarheels 67 Minnesota Golden Gophers 72

    Harrison Barnes struggled and missed all 12 shots while scoring only 6 points in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament.
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    North Carolina 80 UNC-Asheville 69

    Harrison Barnes 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
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    Barnes' stock has considerably gone down from the months of December 2010 and January 2011. 11.8ppg 5.2apg as well as shooting a dismal .373 from the field.
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