Barnes Drafted No. 7 by Golden State


Posted Jun 28, 2012


North Carolina wing Harrison Barnes was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 7 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

"We're thrilled," Warriors GM Bob Myers told reporters shortly after the pick. "He’s got great value and we’re excited. He fits what we need. You guys will love him. A great kid, great player. We’re just excited.”

The Ames, Iowa product earned first-team All-ACC honors and second-team NABC All-America honors as a sophomore after averaging 17.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12. Barnes averaged 16.4 points per game over his 75-game collegiate career.

"I'm very excited, I'm just truly blessed," Barnes said after being drafted. "I don't really have a lot of words right now other than that. It's a very first-class organization and I can't wait to get out there and play for them."

Barnes's career at UNC was highlighted by several clutch performances, but he drew criticism for his inconsistency, including an 8-of-30 shooting effort (2-of-14 from 3-point range) in the 2012 Midwest Regional with point guard Kendall Marshall sidelined due to injury.

“He made a multitude of big shots for us, and then the last two games he didn’t shoot it well,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporter earlier this month. “… It was a really good career. (If) you win 61 games in two years and average 15 and 17, first-team All-ACC, second-team All-American, you’re going to have your jersey in the rafters [and] be a top five pick in the NBA draft. A lot of guys would like to have that kind of career.”

Barnes represents UNC’s ACC-leading 41st first round selection. He is also the school’s eighth lottery pick since 2005.



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