Harrison Barnes has been saddled with impossibly high expectations since he stepped foot on the North Carolina Tar Heels campus his freshman season.
Last year, he was clearly struggling to live up to the hype. In the first half of his freshman season, Barnes consistently underwhelmed.
Then, he found his shooting touch and became one of the Tar Heels’ best options on offense.
Barnes decided to return for his sophomore season despite being all but assured of a first-round selection.
Sure to have left his freshman inconsistency and nerves behind, Barnes began this season with renewed confidence and has led North Carolina to a 13-2 record.
The question then becomes: Has Barnes showed improvement from the stellar end to his freshman season, or is he slipping down NBA draft boards?
The answer? A little bit of both. There are key areas in which Barnes has firmly announced his pro-readiness, but others he clearly needs to improve upon.