NBA Draft 2012: 6 Reasons UNC's Harrison Barnes Will Be an Instant Star

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NBA Draft 2012: 6 Reasons UNC's Harrison Barnes Will Be an Instant Star
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North Carolina star sophomore Harrison Barnes

It's no secret that the 2012 NBA Draft will be one of the best in recent memory, and North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes is beginning to look like he can become an immediate star at the professional level.

He arrived in Chapel Hill two years ago with buzz that was near deafening, and rightfully so, after attaining 2010 USA Today National Player of the Year, along with many other honors that come with being deemed the best player in high school basketball.

While his first two seasons in college basketball haven't quite lived up to the enormous hype he generated during his high school days, he has consistently improved his game over the past year and a half.

Star Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis and Kansas junior power forward Thomas Robinson have stolen many of college basketball's headlines this season, which has left the 6'8" Tar Heel small forward out of the public spotlight for the first time in his young career.

This has left him in the perfect position to surprise many people if he decides to enter the draft at the end of the college season. Here are six reasons why Harrison Barnes will become an immediate star in the NBA, finally fulfilling the enormous promise of his basketball career.

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