Barnes chooses Tar Heels

Originally Published: November 13, 2009
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Harrison Barnes, the No. 1 prospect in the ESPNU 100, will play college basketball at North Carolina.

Biancardi on Barnes to UNC

Harrison Barnes' skills are obvious. But North Carolina and coach Roy Williams got more than just a great player because for all the jaw-dropping talent displayed on the floor, it's Barnes' work ethic and desire to be the best that makes him special. Scouts Inc.'s Paul Biancardi Insider

Barnes, a 6-foot-8, 209-pound small forward, chose the Tar Heels over Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Oklahoma and Iowa State in front of a packed gym at Ames (Iowa) High School.

Barnes makes an already good North Carolina class even better. He joins Reggie Bullock of Kinston, N.C. (Kinston), No. 13 in the ESPNU 100 and the second-ranked shooting guard, and Kendall Marshall of Arlington, Va. (Bishop O'Connell), No. 19 in the top 100 and fourth-ranked point guard.

According to ESPN Scouts Inc., Barnes is a good athlete with deceptive speed and quickness off the dribble. He's likely to play either the No. 2 or No. 3 spot. His offensive game is polished, with a deadly midrange jumper and step-back fall-away jumper. Overall, on the offensive end, Barnes isn't flashy, but his efficiency and production are high-level. He's also expected to be a defensive boost.

"He's the most complete offensive player in the country," Scouts Inc.'s national recruiting director, Paul Biancardi, said.

Barnes backed that up on the floor last season, when he averaged 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field as he led Ames to a 26-0 record and the Class 4A state title. He was Iowa's Gatorade Player of the Year.

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