Harrison Barnes fielded offers from top programs such as Kansas, Duke University, UCLA and University of North Carolina.
At the time, Barnes was ESPN’s top rated recruit in the nation. He wowed scouts with his abilities as a shooter, passer, rebounder and defender.
Barnes eventually committed to play for Roy Williams at UNC Chapel Hill.
Fans were excited for a Barnes-led group that included other top prospects Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock.
Barnes is one of the few hyped prospects that did not live up to the hype.
That may have something to do with the extremely high bar set by fans and analysts alike.
Barnes was all but named Player of the Year before he even set foot on UNC’s campus.
After two seasons at UNC, Barnes declared for the NBA draft. While many expected him to be the number one pick after his freshman year, Barnes went seventh to the Golden State Warriors.
Harrison Barnes may not have fully lived up to the hype that came from his recruiting process, but there are very few betting against him having a solid career in the NBA.