UNC’s Barnes, Henson, Marshall all leaving early for NBA Draft
North Carolina’s underclassmen decided they wouldn’t put off their objective of playing in the NBA any longer.
The college mentioned Thursday that Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the draft, ending a two-year run in which the Tar Heels made deep NCAA tournament runs only to fall a game quick of the Last Four each and every time.
The college didn’t state whether the 3 planned to hire an agent in its release announcing the departures, however it appears they are in the draft to keep.
“It’s a great day for three youngsters who are taking one more step towards their ultimate purpose of playing professional basketball,” coach Roy Williams stated in a statement. “On a quite tiny stage, it’s a unhappy day for me because I won’t get to coach them once more. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as properly.”
Henson was a freshman for the duration of Williams’ worst season as a head coach in 2010. Barnes arrived a year later on as the nation’s No. one recruit, though it wasn’t till Marshall took more than at point guard midway by way of that season that the Tar Heels took off.
UNC lost to Kentucky in a regional last that year, but Barnes, Henson and rising senior Tyler Zeller place off getting into the draft for one more shot at a championship regardless of currently being most likely 1st-round picks.
The Tar Heels (32-six) had been the preseason No. 1 and won the Atlantic Coast Conference standard-season championship for a second straight year, but they fell in the NCAA regional final yet again amid a dizzying run of injuries — including wrist injuries to each Henson and Marshall.
“I wish we’d have been in a position to bring our followers a national championship, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Henson mentioned in a statement. “I am proud of what we achieved, specifically the last two many years.”
Each Barnes and Henson stated in their statements they planned to carry on functioning to total their undergraduate degrees.
Barnes, a six-foot-eight sophomore, averaged about 17 factors to lead the team. Henson, a six-11 junior, averaged about 14 factors, ten rebounds and 3 blocks, and was a two-time ACC defensive player of the year. The two have been all-ACC first-group picks.
Marshall, a six-4 sophomore, won the Cousy Award presented to the nation’s best school point guard earlier Thursday and set the ACC’s single-season assists record. Throw in the graduating Zeller, a seven-footer who was ACC Player of the Year, and people 4 starters accounted for 66 percent of the team’s scoring and 9 % of its rebounding.
Although Barnes and Henson have been considered larger NBA prospects, Marshall’s departure could be the greatest reduction considering how he flawlessly ran Williams’ rapidly-paced offense. The pass-very first point guard also upped his scoring late in the year and reached double-figures in his last 6 video games to enhance his draft prospects.
“It is been the biggest two many years of my existence,” Marshall said in a statement. “I have usually put the team ahead of myself and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished. My lifelong dream has been to play basketball at the highest level feasible and I feel now is my best chance to fulfill this objective.”
His worth was by no means more apparent than when he missed the Tar Heels’ final two video games immediately after breaking his right wrist.
The Tar Heels barely beat 13th-seeded Ohio in overtime in spite of a season-substantial 24 turnovers — the program’s most in an NCAA game in 24 years — in the round of 16. They did not manage a area objective in the final 5½ minutes and have been outscored 12- to close the 80-67 reduction to Kansas in Sunday’s regional final.
As for Barnes, he entered each and every year as a preseason all-American, but for the most part, he in no way very lived up to the lofty expectations.
Armed with a polished all-close to game but no clear go-to move, he overcame a slow commence to his freshman year with some clutch late-game shooting and a 40-point showing against Clemson in the ACC tournament. He seemed more prepared to deal with the expectations as a sophomore, but was dominant only in stretches and faded badly late in the year.
Barnes averaged 14 factors on 36 % shooting in the final ten video games. He shot a combined eight-for-30 overall and two for 14 from 3-point range in his final two video games with no Marshall.
The departures imply Reggie Bullock will be the major returning scorer at about 9 factors per game for what will probable be a guard-heavy lineup. Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald are each anticipated back from knee injuries along with P.J. Hairston, who struggled with his outdoors shot via his freshman year.
Ronnie McAdoo, the father of freshman forward James Michael McAdoo, stated his son plans to return to school but will assessment his NBA options with the family members this weekend.
North Carolina also has a recruiting class that incorporates most likely Marshall successor Marcus Paige, a McDonald’s All-American from Marion, Iowa.