I will start this post by boldly stating I am a huge fan of UNC basketball and have been my entire life. I was born in NC and lived there most of my life. I relocated to the Bay Area 4 years ago and love it, except that I am so far from my beloved 'Heels.
Barnes was never going to live up to the press he received coming out of high school. Especially not at UNC. If he had gone to a mid-major or perhaps a different system, maybe he would have scored 25 per game but not in Roy's system. He got his touches and he did his work within the system. During his 2 years at Carolina, he never benefitted from having a successful SG to help spread the floor.
If you want to see a great highlight (and i don't know if its out there) then you need to see the shot he hit near the end of the Texas game his freshman year. The coolest character i have ever seen. The game was played in Greensboro, Texas was winning with time running out. Barnes, calmly, cooly, nailed a 3. I believe this put the 'Heels up by 1. They ended up losing the game, but his reaction to nailing a huge shot in his freshman year was special. He had no reaction. He didn't pound his chest. He didn't try to get the crowd on their feet. He just went to work. He knows that he does what he does with skill. He has worked hard to be where he is and will continue to work hard to improve.
This is one of the best situations for both parties (GS and HB). Barnes can come here, work hard, play his game and contribute immediately. Nobody expects him to win an NBA Championship.
I know i don't know him and I really hate it when people give too much credit to athletes for being good people (see Tiger Woods). I recognize that I down the UNC Kool-Aid by the gallon. But I do honestly believe that he is a great kid. I am now a Warriors fan solely because they drafted Harrison Barnes and I am looking forward to watching both be successful this year.
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