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UNC's Barnes returning for sophomore season

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will return for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.

Barnes, an Ames, Iowa native, was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, averaging nearly 16 points.

The 6-foot-8 forward was widely regarded as the nation's top freshman entering the season and helped the Tar Heels win the ACC regular-season championship before getting within a game of the Final Four.

In a statement from the school Monday, Barnes said the team was preparing for a "special season" with the goal of winning a national championship.

Barnes' decision means the Tar Heels will return all five starters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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