Zeller and Henson Return to Chapel Hill; Barnes Decision Still Pending

Drew LaskeyCorrespondent IApril 3, 2011

Zeller and Henson are back, but Barnes might be looking in a different direction.
Zeller and Henson are back, but Barnes might be looking in a different direction.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

According to Insidecarolina.com, sophomore forward John Henson and junior center Tyler Zeller will return to North Carolina next season.

"I want to come back to school next year because I enjoy all aspects of being a college student and I truly love being a Tar Heel," Henson said in a press release. "We had a fun and successful season, but we all want to improve on what we accomplished. I know at some point I want to play in the NBA, but right now I want to enjoy my college life. My teammates and coaches are great and I want to help them reach the big dreams we all share."

Zeller stated: "I came to Carolina because it had the balance of academics and basketball I wanted and it was the best place for me to prepare for life and a career in the NBA. That's exactly what we have here. I want to finish my college career, compete for championships and graduate on time. That means a lot to my family and me. Plus, I know I can get stronger and improve my all-around game with another year. We had a great season getting to the Elite Eight, but I would like a chance at going out with another title."

According to Marty Tirrell's Twitter, Harrison Barnes will also be returning to North Carolina.

Tirrell was the first to break the news during Barnes' senior year of high school that Barnes would be committing to UNC. 

Tirrell hosts The Mouth of the Midwest radio show in Iowa that airs on ESPN 1700 and KCCI News Channel 8.

According to The Daily Tar Heel, Barnes is expected to announce his decision by the end of this week or shortly thereafter.   

More news as it develops.