The 2011 NBA draft is looking weaker by the minute, and may take another hit should Harrison Barnes return to the University of North Carolina for his sophomore season.
With Ohio State University's Jared Sullinger, Baylor's Perry Jones, University of Texas star Jordan Hamilton and UNC's John Henson and Tyler Zeller already announcing intentions to return to school, an already lackluster draft class could turn ugly without Barnes.
The heralded recruit had an up-and-down freshman season, but really turned it on late in the year to help lead the Tar Heels to an NCAA tournament Elite Eight appearance.
According to Brett Friedlinder of the Starnewsonline.com's ACC Insider,
If—or should that be when—he makes it official, you can go ahead and pencil UNC in as one of the top two teams in the country (along with Kentucky) for 2011-12.
The possibility of going to a Final Four and winning a national championship is a carrot that should not be overlooked in Barnes’ decision process. It was specifically mentioned by his teammates John Henson and Tyler Zeller last week when they decided to delay the pro careers for another year.
That said, here is what the NBA draft currently resembles should Barnes declare to leave school early.