[3:45 Update] UNC-CH Exodus: Henson, Marshall & Barnes to enter NBA Draft

3:20 Update
UNC-CH has released a statement to the media that Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and John Henson will all enter the 2012 NBA Draft. Stay tuned….more to come

These departures will turn up the local volume on the speculation around CJ Leslie‘s pending decision that is discussed here. Interestingly, the addition of Carolina’s two highly ranked forwards – Henson and Barnes – will serve to drop Leslie in any projected NBA Draft. Similarly, future announcements from other big men and athletic forwards across the country like Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Terrance Jones, Baylor’s Perry Jones, Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and even Illinois’ Meyers Leonard could serve to populate this year’s draft with SO MUCH front court talent that Leslie’s NBA prospects could be significantly watered down this year.

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Original Entry
There are lots of rumors circulating in the area that UNC-CH’s Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and John Henson all intend to forego their remaining college eligibility for a jump into the NBA Draft. Despite some comments to the contrary, it is also rumored that James Michael McAdoo’s decision to stay may not be 100% set in stone as of yet.

At least one of their decisions may come sooner than we thought. This news report just came out of Iowa (Barnes’ home).

DES MOINES, Iowa — KCCI sports director Andy Garman says former Ames High basketball standout and current North Carolina player Harrison Barnes is expected to make an announcement on his future today.Garman says Barnes has made a decision on whether to enter the NBA draft or stay at North Carolina. Barnes is expected to make that announcement later today.

Check KCCI.com and KCCI-TV for updates.

Read more: http://www.kcci.com/sports/30792496/detail.html#ixzz1qWqzROc3

If you have not yet read the Grantland article on Harrison Barnes, I strongly recommend that you click to it through this link and read it. Fantastic work.

It became a problem. In the Atlantic piece, Barnes admitted his reluctance to talk about his faith or his political leanings because he didn’t want to polarize the public. There’s certainly nothing logically wrong with this thinking — Jordan and Jeter built their brands using a similar line of thought. The difference, of course, is that Jordan didn’t say, “Republicans buy shoes, too” when he was still living in a dorm room in Chapel Hill. This is where the flattening logic of business turns into insanity. It’s crazy that Barnes was thinking about his brand before he played a minute of college basketball. It’s crazy that when Barnes struggled mightily during his freshman year, he was still thinking about that brand. And it’s crazy that before the NCAA tournament, Barnes felt the need to broadcast his brand through a national magazine by talking, of course, about his brand. The “all-business” rationale falls apart when the business is purely speculative. After two disastrous games in the NCAA tournament and a largely disappointing sophomore season, what, exactly, is the Harrison Barnes brand? What endorsement opportunities does he have right now?

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37 Responses to [3:45 Update] UNC-CH Exodus: Henson, Marshall & Barnes to enter NBA Draft

  1. nav 03/29/2012 at 1:31 PM #

    Harrison Barnes is not a bust. He is a very good player that any team in the nation would love to have and start. Has he lived up to his billing…in my opinion no. That does not make him a bust. He averages 20+pts a game. Barnes needs to work on his driving the ball and creating a shot off the drive. He could take some pointers from Lo Brown on that aspect of his game.

  2. Alpha Wolf 03/29/2012 at 1:48 PM #

    One thing to keep in mind is that for every kid that declares and ranks ahead of CJ, that’s one less available likely spot for him in the first-round in this draft. Chad Ford has him 2nd round at this point, others, in the late first. That said, if his chances of getting picked in a guaranteed spot diminish, it’s more likely he stays here one more year.

    I think that CJ is a near lock to be a NBA regular eventually, but I also think it would benefit him to further hone his game and thus lift his draft stock. Of course, that’s a little selfish on my part, but then again, if he gets his FT percentage up to 80% or higher, if he further improves with his defense and reduces his “silly foul” ratio, maybe adds a couple of feet to his jump-shot range, I think he’s potentially a lottery pick.

  3. mikeak01 03/29/2012 at 1:57 PM #

    I don’t think there is anything such as a near lock. People whiff on players even on their bench like Jeremy Lin. People disagree on value of players so CJ will of course be picked up but based on the roster he gets on he may get very limited time / opportunity. He knows this if he gets stuck as the 3rd guy for a spot he won’t get the same training opportunity against quality opponents etc he may wash out in a year or two and find himselfs in a crappy hotel room in spain where the bed is to short for him. I am definately one that understands why kids go pro today considering the dollar value. But this is the NBA where a few spots have very high value and if you have the potential to get there you are almost dumb if you don’t spend another year getting there.

    If he was going in the 2nd round of the NFL draft I would be the first to advice him – GO. Look at Locker that would have been number 1 and then went number 10 a year later with guaranteed money completely revised for rookies. You go early if you can lock in money you go late if you have a huge upside for not going early.

  4. Hungwolf 03/29/2012 at 2:07 PM #

    Does Roy have available scholarships for the 4 recruits if everyone stays? Someone may have to go pro, transfer, etc….

  5. Bowlpack 03/29/2012 at 2:08 PM #

    Alpha – I agree 100%. Calvin’s game has lottery pick potential, but he could use another year of seasoning under Gottfried. Look at the difference between last season and this season – hell, the difference from the beginning of this season to the end. He’s clearly on the right path to future stardom, but has to be careful not to rush into it. My selfish desire as a fan is for him to stay and be a dominate force in the ACC. I do think that if he leaves now that he’ll eventually be an NBA All-Star, but that learning curve would be much improved if he spent another year working on the more fundamental aspects of his game. Regardless, he’s going to do what he feels is the best decision for him and you can’t fault him if he decides to make the jump.

  6. TLeo 03/29/2012 at 2:08 PM #

    With all the heat and crap he is taking from Hole fans it would not surprise me a bit to hear him declare for the draft now. Barnes is a still a great talent but I agree he has not really lived up to the expectation of being such a dominant player.

  7. StateFans 03/29/2012 at 2:09 PM #

    Barnes averages 17.1 points a game and 5.2 rebounds.

    He shoots 44% from the field, 35.8% from three point territory and 72.3% from the free throw line.

  8. jpack 03/29/2012 at 2:28 PM #

    Due to the tarholes being over the salary cap and continuing problems with Swahili, He’s transferring to Kentucky

  9. Pack78 03/29/2012 at 2:48 PM #

    ^I’ve heard that he will graduate this spring in AA studies with a 4.0, thus freeing him to enroll in a Graduate program at Wisconsin and compete for the starting QB job…

  10. DRW 03/29/2012 at 3:04 PM #

    Wow. All three. Should I feel this giddy?

  11. ryebread 03/29/2012 at 3:18 PM #

    Honestly, with all the other talent on UNC’s bench, and the talent they bring in year after year, this may not be that big of a loss. I thought Marshall would be the biggest, but then I saw Paige last year and think they’re fine at the point.

    Oddly, I think losing Zeller will be the biggest loss for them. I’d have said Henson, but we couldn’t beat UNC even with him out. With Zeller out but Henson in, we’d have beaten them due to lack of offense on their parts.

    I’m worried about Leslie. Selfishly I want him to say. With what we have coming in, if Leslie were to stay I think we’d be looking at our best season in a long, long time. Without Leslie, we may find it difficult to get back to the Sweet 16.

    Objectively, I look at what happened to Leslie inside against Kansas and then think that every NBA player he’ll go against will have at least that much size and another 30 pounds worth of muscle. I personally think he’d benefit from another year of bulking up, working on a jump shot, ball handling, pushing the FT percentage up to around 80 and working on being more comfortable away from the basket (offensively as well as defensively). I absolutely think that he could be a top 5 type of pick if he did that. Right now due to his tweener status and lack of a real perimeter game, I think he’s somewhat borderline (and thus it is riskier for him than Barnes).

  12. TOBtime 03/29/2012 at 3:33 PM #

    Wow. 4 out of the starting 5 with a possible 5th to come. I love it.

    I don’t care how much you have on the bench or coming in you don’t replace a guy like Zeller. He was steady money every night and you cannot count on that type of production from a guy who couldn’t beat him out or is going to be a freshman.

    Calvin, you coming back could be something special at NC State for 1 year but it could set you up FOR LIFE. Make that decision carefully.

  13. Majellin 03/29/2012 at 3:44 PM #

    What is amazing to me is how UNC fans are treating Barnes right now. There are more positive comments about Barnes on this website than you would find on any UNC fan site. They turn on one of their own so quickly.

  14. bill.onthebeach 03/29/2012 at 3:45 PM #

    Right now, Uncle Roy might be thinking….

    Pick one….

    1. Looks like rats jumping a burning ship…
    2. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys…
    3. With friends like that, who needs enemies…
    4. Payback is hell…
    5. Karma is a b&tch …
    6. I must getting too old for this S*&T…
    7. WTNY …
    8. What do Rat, Cal and Rick know that I don’t know…
    9. WWJD …
    10. OK ….
    11. Don’t look back… someone might be gaining on you…
    12. It’s just a boy’s game, enjoyed by grown men…

    Ladies and Gentlemen … the door to the TOP of the ACC is wide open and we GOTT everything we need !!!

  15. tractor57 03/29/2012 at 3:54 PM #

    To me Henson and Marshall were pretty much givens. Barnes a bit less so only because he didn’t have a soph year to equal that freshman end of year.

    I think Zeller and Marshall were the driving forces during the regular season. Without Marshall there was a drop off.

    Can (or has) Roy reload(ed)? Until I see otherwise I say yes.

  16. PackerInRussia 03/29/2012 at 3:56 PM #

    You tell me when the announcement comes that Karl Hess is taking his game to the pros and I’ll feel better about our chances of beating UNC 😉

  17. Hawkeye Whitney 03/29/2012 at 4:10 PM #

    I am really surprised that Marshall is making the move. Without being a real threat to shoot, the NBA guys will counter his passing game much more effectively than his college opponents. The more athletic, longer, faster defenders won’t allow him to do much with that set shot of his. Look for him to end up as a bench guy.

    In basketball, as well as football, I think it is interesting to see how some fantastic college players don’t make it in the pros. Remember, Christian Laettner and Shaq came out the same year. Laettner was considered the better college player. Their pro careers went pretty much according to expectations.

  18. Hawkeye Whitney 03/29/2012 at 4:19 PM #

    Even if Calvin jumps, can anyone make a well-reasoned argument why Duke or the Holes should be ranked higher than the Pack in preseason? Watch for it to happen though.

  19. gumby 03/29/2012 at 4:46 PM #

    I bet ol’ Smokey the Homer is so upset he goes home and drowns his sorrows in Zimas.

  20. 74wolf 03/29/2012 at 4:52 PM #

    Calvin needs another year. Remember Cedric Simmons, our excellent power forward (6’10”)who decided after his sophomore year (due to hardship) to enter the 2006 NBA draft? He was the 15th pick in the first round by the New Orleans Hornets, was traded to Cleveland, then played in Italy, China, and now, in Madrid, Spain. Had tremendous potential but needed another year.

    Compare his sophomore stats with Calvin’s:

    PPG Reb/G Assists/G Blocks/G Free Throw %
    CS 11.8 6.3 1.7 2.5 .678
    CJL 14.6 7.4 1.1 1.6 .593

    CJL has an edge in PPG and rebounds but deficits elsewhere.
    Apparently CJL is a pretty motivated student as well…hope he stays and continues to improve!

  21. tuckerdorm1983 03/29/2012 at 5:17 PM #

    the blues better enjoy the beatings they put on us this year and for the last 6 years cause the times they are a changing and there is a new sheriff in town

  22. Alpha Wolf 03/29/2012 at 6:13 PM #

    I bet ol’ Smokey the Homer is so upset he goes home and drowns his sorrows in Zimas.

    Carolina Dave will proclaim that this is good for the program because it shows that you can get to the NBA quickly and that a new crop will be onhand to keep order in the conference.

  23. HAve2650 03/29/2012 at 6:57 PM #

    I think Swofford is going to look foolish when we’re a consistent top 10 team and only get to play UNC once every year. What a ridiculous decision that will hopefully come back to haunt him. There’s no excuse for that.

  24. Khan 03/29/2012 at 6:58 PM #

    “I bet ol’ Smokey the Homer is so upset he goes home and drowns his sorrows in Zimas.”

    Now that’s just funny right there.

    Barnes is undeserving of a lot of the criticism he receives, really. The media hyped him up as the second coming, and of course, he didn’t live up to THAT expectation.

    Unfortunately, most of the general public are uninformed lemmings that base their opinions off of the boldest headline. For those people, Barnes is a supreme disappointment. Fortunately though, there is hope. SFN exists, and those who choose to spend some time here will find real information and quality analyses from which to build a legitimate and informed train of thought.

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