I was already this morning to write about North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes not making a decision about the NBA yet. And then I find out he made his decision.
The folks in Carolina can rest easy. Barnes is returning for season No. 2 in Chapel Hill.
I was somewhat puzzled that Barnes was taking his time with the decision. Two of his high profile teammates, Tyler Zeller and John Henson, had already decided to stay in school. I thought that might have an impact on Barnes’ choice.
So the family will stay together at least one more season.
Barnes may have been scared off by the potential NBA lockout. If he would have gone to the pros and there was a work stoppage, Barnes would have been stuck. Now, he can play ball and allow the NBA to work out its issues.
Barnes is a talented player obviously, but his game can use development. He can grow his game in college, enjoy his teammates and the entire college experience. This is a win-win situation for Barnes.
And a win-win for Carolina. Coach Roy Williams’ group should be a major factor next season with three outstanding returning players and the usual top-notch incoming freshmen talent.