Harrison Barnes: The Prep Who Has It All

Marcus ShockleyCorrespondent INovember 13, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  The North Carolina Tar Heels mascot celebrates after the Tar Heels defeated the Michigan State Spartans 89-72 during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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So the question of the day, at least until 4 p.m., is "Where is Harrison Barnes going to go?"

I’ll post that when he announces, but I wanted to post some thoughts on Barnes’ game, the skills which he will take wherever he ends up.

Barnes is built like a SF, but he’s got serious ballhandling ability, is extremely fluid and poised with the ball, and can play defense.

He’s definitely got the skills to become an NBA shooting guard. I hesitate to say that he would ever play PG in the pros, because moving him there would limit his offensive options and I really don’t know if he’s the type of player who can direct an offense.

In my mind, he’s an offensive catalyst and unlike a lot of NBA and college "big" guards who carry the ball and push off in order to play the position, Barnes actually can handle the ball, slash to the hoop, and can shoot from outside.

I’ve heard knocks on Barnes' ability to create his own shot, but honestly I haven’t seen that as an issue. If anything, I’d like to see how well he can shoot from outside when he’s guarded by better defenders at the collegiate level.

His release seems fluid but a tad slow, but that might just be because he makes it look so easy. Time will tell. All in all, he’s got a great game.


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