During his time at UNC, Harrison Barnes showed flashes of the enormous amount of potential that lies within him. However, there is a reason those "flashes" began to shine once Kendall Marshall took over the starting job midway through the 2010-2011 basketball season.
Simply put, Barnes needs a good, if not great, point guard to succeed in the NBA. When Kendall Marshall missed the Tar Heels' last two tournament games, Barnes averaged an anemic 12.5 points per game while shooting a putrid 26.7 percent from the field.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the best young point guards in the NBA today in Kyrie Irving. If Barnes is drafted by the Cavs, his chances of succeeding in the NBA will be that much better.
Irving is a dynamic scorer and distributor. His ability to penetrate off the dribble and collapse the defense can help open up Barnes on the wings where can spot up and shoot his patented mid-range jumpshot.
Barnes is not a great ball-handler and is not adept at creating his own shot, but if he is drafted by the Cavs, he won't have to worry about that part of his game, considering Irving can do all the work for him.