Barnes Discusses Return

Harrison Barnes tossed out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's UNC baseball game at Boshamer Stadium. Afterward, he joined the Tar Heel Sports Network broadcast and answered questions about his decision to return for his sophomore season.

On why he decided to stay -

"I just have a lot of work left to do, not only as a basketball player I can also work on getting farther with my degree -- and I love spending time with my teammates."

On what he needs to work on -

"Shooting percentage is the biggest thing - last year I didn't shoot a great percentage. As well as working on my ball handling and creating for others."

On his plans for the summer -

"I'll be here for both sessions of summer school, so that'll allow me to become closer with my teammates. And just lock myself in thy gym and get better."

On his typical workout in the gym -

"It depends how I'm shooting that day. If I'm shooting well then I can focus on other things like conditioning, ball handling and just fine motor skills stuff. But if I'm not shooting well, that's what I need to do and I could be in there for 2-3 hours."

On the reasons for the season turnaround -

"I think we just gained a lot of experience, a lot of confidence throughout the year. That was something we definitely struggled with early. Around the Georgia Tech loss we had to mature as a team and we did that."

On what sticks with him from the season-ending Kentucky game -

"It was just unfortunate that we couldn't take those last six minutes and make it into an entire season. We'd been working so hard all year to play consistent basketball and I felt we did that in the postseason, so to finish the way we did was unfortunate."

On who he leaned on when making his decision -

"I relied a lot on my family - it was a decision we had to make on what was best for me and what was best for them. And I talked to my teammates, seeing what John (Henson) and Tyler (Zeller) were going to do, and I talked to my other teammates."

On whether Henson or Zeller leaving would have changed his decision -

"It would have weighed in on my decision because we knew it'd take all three of us to come back to reach our dreams and goals ..."

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