We may never see Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, Tyler Zeller or John Henson in Carolina Blue again, but that doesn't mean we can't continue to root them on.
All four players participated in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this past week, which finished up on Sunday. All of the former North Carolina stars had their moments of glory and moments they'll want to forget. That's all a part of being a rookie in the best basketball league on earth.
Before getting into how your favorite Tar Heels performed, understand this was not against your normal NBA-level competition. The NBA Summer League consists of mostly rookies, bench players and others vying for a spot on a team. I'd consider the competition to be more akin to the D-League than the NBA.
Is that better or worse than college competition? That's a tough question to answer, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited about their prospects in the NBA.
Also remember that they don't have the stars surrounding them to make them better either.
Harrison Barnes had some eye-opening games, and John Henson was a model of consistency through most of the games. Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller didn't have as many “wow” moments, but they were still pretty solid and appeared to get more comfortable as the games went on—especially Marshall.
Though the Big Four didn't dominate throughout, they certainly didn't stink it up.