Harrison Barnes: 5 Reasons UNC Small Forward's Draft Status Isn't Slipping

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Harrison Barnes: 5 Reasons UNC Small Forward's Draft Status Isn't Slipping
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In this week's issue of the Bleacher Report newsletter that covers UNC basketball, there was an article in there from ESPN that read: "Barnes' Draft Stock Slipping?"

If you're like me, you laughed at the notion, but read the article anyway.  After reading it (again, if you're like me), you found the substance of the article even more comical.

The article pointed to things such as Barnes not "getting enough baskets at the rim," that he's only grabbing a rebound on every "6.9 shots," and how his assist ratio is deplorable—areas that could potentially move him down the mock draft board three or four spots.

And although I agree with one of those criticisms, the others, and everything else mentioned in the article, came off as nothing more than trivial attempts to criticize Barnes for essentially not having Kobe Bryant-like numbers at this point in the season.

Anyone who would claim Barnes' draft status is in jeopardy based on his performances so far this season clearly hasn't watched enough of his games and is certainly in no position to forecast his draft projection.

But I've watched every move, every play and every shot Barnes has made this season, so I will be more than happy to list the reasons (in no particular order) why Barnes' draft status is undoubtedly unchanged.

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