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Roy Williams Tells Harrison Barnes he will be 5th - 11th pick in the NBA Draft

"We should be getting updates soon from a number of the top underclassmen. Sources say Kyrie Irving is leaning strongly toward declaring for the NBA Draft and should be making an announcement soon. Ditto for Baylor’s Perry Jones, UConn’s Kemba Walker and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones. Sources say that a number of other prospects including Alec Burks, Jordan Hamilton, Scotty Hopson, Kawhi Leonard, Mason Plumlee, Jeff Taylor, Trey Thompkins and Klay Thompson are very likely to enter as well. UNC’s Harrison Barnes continues to be on the fence however. He recently had his exit interview with head coach Roy Williams. In the interview Williams told Barnes that he would go somewhere between No. 5 and 11 in the draft, according to a source familiar with the discussion. I think Barnes will go higher — likely in the Top 3. The bigger question will be whether Barnes wants to return to a loaded UNC team next year to try to win a championship. Arizona’s Derrick Williams and Kentucky’s Brandon Knight are also wildcards. While both players have explored their draft stock, it’s unclear from sources which way they’re leaning right now." Chad Ford-ESPN --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Later this weekend, reports started leaking that Barnes will be returning for his sophomore year. "According to Marty Tirrell's Twitter, Harrison Barnes will be returning to the North Carolina Tar Heels for his sophomore season. Tirrell was the first to break the news during Barnes' senior year of high school that Barnes would be committing to UNC. He says Barnes will make the official announcement on Tuesday." ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subsequent reports on Monday state Barnes has not made a decision. More to come....

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