Many 2011 NBA mock drafts could be about to change drastically after Harrison Barnes meets with North Carolina ahead coach Roy Williams.
The Tar Heels' top player, along with teammates John Henson and Tyler Zeller, will meet with Williams to discuss their future.
If Barnes does in fact remain at North Carolina and return for at least his junior season, the top of the mock drafts will shake out quite differently. Depending on what other underclassmen declare themselves eligible for early entry into the 2011 NBA Draft, Barnes was projected as a top-five pick. It would have been highly unlikely that he would have fallen past that point, and he could have gone as high as the top overall selection.
He still could, for that matter.
Barnes has made no decision as far as his future plans are concerned. If he does know what he is going to do already, he has not made any announcements regarding his future.
Barnes will have a trickle-down effect whether he stays at UNC or enters the NBA. His decision will impact every team within the top few picks, as well as some of the other players who are projected to be top picks.
This could influence a few other top freshmen, sophomores and juniors to stay in school at compete for an NCAA national championship.
Or, they could all figure that they will move up a spot or two if Barnes does stay in school. Either way, it will be an interesting couple of weeks as the deadline approaches on when players have to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft.
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