Less than a day after Shirley Barnes told The Daily Tar Heel that her son has goals that he wants to fulfill, NBAdraft.net removed Harrison Barnes from his No. 2 overall selection to completely off the board for the 2011 draft.
“I’m starting to hear more people that think he might actually go back (to UNC),” NBAdraft.net analyst Aaron Smith said. “Right now it looks like a real possibility that he’ll go back.”
Both Smith and DraftExpress.com’s director of scouting Jonathan Givony said they have not heard any real talk of Barnes, John Henson or Tyler Zeller forgoing their collegiate eligibility and going to the NBA.
The sites are solely projections for that year’s draft. NBAdraft.net has been projecting drafts since 2000 and uses its own scouts as well as NBA and international scouts.
DraftExpress.com is a professional scouting service staffed by former or current members or consultants of NBA, NCAA and Euroleague teams.
Prior to taking Barnes off the board, Smith said there was a possibility the freshman could still be selected with the top overall pick.
“Other than playing, he’s gonna do really well in workouts and incredibly well in interviews,” Smith said. “You have to love the kid.”
Givony and DraftExpress.com have Barnes going fourth to the Toronto Raptors, but he said the forward would need to work on getting in the lane at the next level.
“Maybe he could work on his slashing ability, his ability to get to the rim,” Givony said. “He doesn’t draw a lot of fouls. He doesn’t go to the free-throw line at a great rate. That’s probably the thing he can improve the most on.”