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Harrison Barnes falls to No. 7

July 3, 2012

Harrison Barnes entered Chapel Hill with expectations a young kid from Ames, Iowa has never experienced before. Coming into his freshman season as the top rated player by Scout.com the weight on his shoulders was already stacking up before he took a step on the Chapel Hill, North Carolina campus. With the level of pressure it takes for a 18 year old to come in hyped to be the next big thing in NCAA basketball Harrison was ready to show this honor was not a fluke.

Proving to people throughout his freshman year Harrison was able to grow up and become a better player throughout the season. Whether it was his struggles in the first part of the season or his game winners in conference play, Harrison Barnes started to evolve into a new player. Coming up big in games was going to be needed for this Tar Heels squad and Harrison Barnes was the answer, UNC had their star player.

Coming into his sophomore year with heavy expectations after being bounced in the Elite 8 from a Kentucky team coached by John Calipari. Harrison had heave expectations for this second year on campus trying to prove he is worthy of the number one rated player in the nation. Coming into the 2011-2012 the North Carolina Tar Heels were the unanimous #1 ranked team coming into the season and expectations were as high as ever for this star studded UNC team coming off an early exit from the previous year.

Looking to prove himself early on Harrison look to struggle a bit in his second season and seemed to sleep as the season progressed. Harrison benefits from a good PG and good ball movement which was a plus with the crafty Kendall Marshall running the offense for this team. Harrisons best part of his game is his size and ability to beat you off the dribble and get to the hole or the one dribble pull up, with Marshall going down in the end of the season Harrison was left to show he can do it, but falling short in the elite 8 to the Kansas Jayhawks leaving the Chapel Hill campus questioning if they will see this young star team suit up again. The answer was clear as the major 4 players declared for the draft with Harrison being the first one drafted at #7 going to the Golden State Warriors.

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