It appears that forward Harrison Barnes will return to the University of North Carolina for his sophomore season. While it is not a foregone conclusion, all signs are pointing to Barnes waiting at least one more year before entering the NBA Draft.
Barnes’ apparent decision has received mixed reviews from scouts and fans who believe that returning to school could only hurt him in the long run. After all, he was expected to be a top ten, or possibly even a top three pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
By returning to school, Barnes is potentially leaving millions of dollars on the table and will need to have an outstanding sophomore season in order to be a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
However, Barnes’ decision, albeit risky, will serve him well in the long run.
Here are five reasons why Barnes is making the right decision by staying at UNC..