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3 Tar Heels leave Chapel Hill early for the NBA

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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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