Sophomore SF (North Carolina) 6'8" 220 lbs. DOB: 5/30/1992
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2010-2011 Season: 37 games, 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.9 turnovers, .7 steals, .4 blocks, 42.3/75/34.4%
2011-2012 Season: 19 games, 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.9 turnovers, 1.2 steals, .4 blocks, 48.4/74.5/43.6%
July 5, 2011
Barnes is the prototypical NBA three man. He's long, relatively athletic, and he'll be a plus shooter for his position at the next level. He'll benefit tremendously from a second college season and will be in contention for All-American and National POY. He should have a legitimate chance at being the first overall pick in 2012.
North Carolina's depth will be the biggest obstacle for Barnes. The Tar Heels bring in highly touted forward James McAdoo to share the front court duties with Barnes and fellow returners (and first-round prospects) John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Barnes should be similar to Nets-era Richard Jefferson at the next level.
January 20, 2012
Barnes has raised his scoring average from his freshman season, but most of his other stats are down. His shooting from the field and the three point line have also improved, but on such a loaded North Carolina team, he hasn't been asked to do much but shoot. The question is: to what degree has this affected his development? The last college guy I remember like this was Rudy Gay- he did what it took to win and put up pretty good offensive stats, but he never really seemed to push himself to be great. Gay has had a good NBA career, but he's never been a true number one guy. Barnes could be one if he really has the drive. He should be one of the top three or four picks, with an outside chance of being #1.