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Prospect Profile

Harrison Barnes

  • Full Name: Harrison Barnes
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 215
  • Birthdate: May 30, 1992
  • College: North Carolina
Golden State Warriors Round 1: Pick 7
 

Video: Draft Combine workout

Strengths:
*Length
*Unafraid to launch clutch shots
*Pull-up jumper
*Catch-and-shoot 3
*Good rebounder
*Solid defender
*Strong work ethic

Weaknesses:
*Has to get bigger and stronger
*Needs to continue to work on scoring off the bounce

NBA projection:
Those who know Barnes best think he has the tools and work ethic to be an NBA all-star. He’s a terrific scorer on the perimeter and at the rim (offensive rebounds) and needs only to work on his dribble-drive game, something he tried to force at times during his sophomore season.

2011-12 Season:
Barnes earned first-team All-ACC and second-team All-America (NABC) honors after leading the Tar Heels in scoring. He went through some dry spells from the perimeter, but he was also more than capable of taking — and making — big shots.

Key statistics:
17.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.2 tpg, 1.1 spg, 29.2 mpg, .440 FG, .358 3PT, .723 FT

Cool statistic:
Barnes is one of just six players in North Carolina history to average at least 15 points as a freshman and sophomore, joining Phil Ford, Antawn Jamison, Joseph Forte, Rashad McCants and Tyler Hansbrough).

Reminds me of:
Glen Rice

What Insiders Say:
North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall
"I think Harrison's becoming the player that everybody tried to make him out to be a year and a half ago. That's not to insult his game at all. Sometimes players just have to grow into that. I think he's done a great job of adjusting to the role. He is one of our main go-to guys."

What Outsiders Say:
Former Ohio (now Illinois) coach John Groce
“Obviously Barnes is a terrific player and he made some big plays for their team late in regulation and in the overtime. We just tried to battle him and compete, to be honest with you. We had some of our better defenders on him as well. Offutt's a terrific defender, Johnson's a great defender, and Hall has gotten better and is 6-6 and has some size. But he's a tough cover because he can score such a variety of ways.”

Creighton coach Greg McDermott
“Harrison's responsible for a lot of [son] Doug's development because Doug saw in Harrison a guy with an unbelievable work ethic. And when other high school aged students were going to movies and going to football games and going to the prom, Harrison was working out. And I really believe that Doug saw in Harrison a guy that he wanted to emulate and saw the improvement and said, you know what, I think that I now know what it takes. He could listen to his dad and his high school coach, but when you see it in Harrison, the improvement he made each year of high school because of his work ethic, it was certainly impactful for Doug.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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