3 Tar Heels leave Chapel Hill early for the NBA


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Submitted: Thu, 03/29/2012 - 7:34pm
Updated: Thu, 03/29/2012 - 7:38pm
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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — North Carolina underclassmen Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the NBA draft.

The school announced their departures in a statement Thursday afternoon.

In the statement, coach Roy Williams says he is happy the three are pursuing their goals of playing in the NBA, but sad “because I won’t get to coach them again.”

Barnes, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, averaged about 17 points to lead the team. Henson, a 6-11 junior, averaged about 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Marshall, a 6-4 sophomore, won the Cousy Award presented to the nation’s top college point guard earlier Thursday.

Marshall set the ACC’s single-season assists record. He missed the last two NCAA tournament games after breaking his right wrist.

The Tar Heels (32-6) lost to Kansas in a regional final.

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2 Comments

  • Truthseeker says:

    They will not make it in the NBA. Henson is too fragile, he will be injured playing aganist bigger, more physical players. Barnes does not have enough heart and is too sporadic, maybe a 6th player spot. Marshall is the only one with a chance but has to improve offense or he will not be a starter.

    Barnes was a no show in the last two games of the NCAA and Henson proved he is easily hurt. Williams needs to recruit one center and a point guard and the heels will be ready for next season if McAdoo stays.

  • Guest2020 says:

    If they went to school on scholarships, they should be made to pay the money back.

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