2011 NBA Mock Draft: Will Harrison Barnes Declare for the Draft?

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Will Harrison Barnes Declare for the Draft?
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The 2011 NBA Draft is quickly shaping up as an interesting one.

Just as much for the players who aren't coming out as those who have declared.

North Carolina sharpshooter Harrison Barnes was projected as the No. 1 overall pick before he had even played a game collegiately. He was thought to be a slam dunk one-and-down player. Stunningly, Barnes is still pondering a return to UNC for his sophomore season, joining Tyler Zeller and John Henson—both of whom also bypassed expected first-round draft opportunities—in what could be next year's No. 1 team in college. Baylor's Perry Jones, another standout freshman expected to log a college cameo, shocked the world by announcing he'd return to Baylor next season, passing a sure-fire Top 10 draft spot.

Add in Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger returning to school, a heavily hyped big man before he ever entered college, and the trend of top talent departing for the draft is beginning to reverse.

For the sake of this mock draft, I'm going to assume Barnes shocks the world and returns to the Tar Heels for his sophomore season.

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