Harrison Barnes, SF
Birthday: May 30, 1992
Birthplace: Ames, IA
Weight: 212 lbs
NBA Comparison: Grant Hill
High School: Ames
College: North Carolina
High School Career: Barnes was rated as the number 1 player in the class of 2010 by Scout.com and in the ESPNU 100. He was rated as the number 2 player by Rivals.com. In his junior year, Barnes led Ames High School to an Iowa 4A state championship where he had 24 points and 8 rebounds, capping off a 26-0 season. Barnes played in the 4th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic where he scored 18 points for Skip To My Lou. On January 20, 2010, it was announced that Barnes was selected to the 2010 Junior National Select Team. The team played at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon on April 10. He was also selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game where he led the West team to a 107-104 victory. He scored a team high 18 points and was named co-MVP with Jared Sullinger. He also played in the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic where he was named co-MVP with Kyrie Irving.
On March 10, 2010, Barnes won the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award, which goes to the nation's top player.
His senior year, Barnes led Ames to a 27-0 season and a second straight Iowa 4A state championship becoming Iowa's big-school class's first team to go undefeated in consecutive seasons. In the finals he scored 19 points against Southeast Polk. Barnes capped off his Ames High School career as their all-time leading scorer with 1,787 points.
College Career: Barnes had 21 points in his North Carolina debut in an exhibition game in the Bahamas against the Commonwealth Bank Giants. UNC won the game 130-87. Overall, Barnes averaged 22 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for UNC in the Bahamas.
On November 1, 2010, Barnes was named a preseason All-American by the AP. He is the first freshman to ever receive this honor.
Barnes had 14 points and 4 rebounds in his North Carolina debut vs. Lipscomb. He recorded his first career double double on December 11, 2010, scoring 19 points and snatching 10 rebounds in a 96-91 victory over Long Beach State University.
Barnes' previous career high of 26 points came against Boston College on February 1, 2011. He surpassed this mark on March 12, 2011 in an ACC tournament game against Clemson, scoring 40 points while also grabbing 8 rebounds. Additionally, Barnes's 40 point performance set the record for points by a Freshman in an ACC Tournament game.
Awards and Honors:
- 2010 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award winner
- 2010 McDonald's All-American team selection
- 2010 Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection
- 2010 Preseason All-American
- 2011 Second Team All-ACC
- 2011 All-ACC Freshman Team
- 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year