UNC in Contact with Barnes

When school starts on Thursday, few students at Ames (Iowa) High are going to be able to match junior Harrison Barnes if the subject of "what I did on my summer vacation" comes up.

In just four short months, the 6-6 wing crisscrossed the country putting his stamp on the grassroots basketball scene while solidifying his status as one of the top prospects nationally in the class of 2010.

Along with the accolades and articles come expectations, but Barnes isn't worried because he's always had high expectations of himself and is confident that he'll perform at a high level whenever he's given the chance.

"I've always felt that I've had to play at a certain level and the expectations have always been high for me," he said. "This is just normal. I have high expectations for myself."

A smooth wing who can bury deep jumpers or finish off a drive with strong dunk, Barnes has the type of controlled and complete game that college coaches drool over. In fact, he's already drawn scholarship offers from the likes of DePaul, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Southern California and UCLA. Also showing interest, but yet to offer, are programs like Connecticut , Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Virginia.

One other program that has become more involved lately is North Carolina. According to Barnes, he's had recent conversations with both assistant Steve Robinson and head coach Roy Williams.

"I've talked to Coach Robinson frequently and I've also talked to Coach Williams," Barnes told Inside Carolina. "They've expressed their interest in me and that they are going to go through the whole recruiting process."

While the Tar Heels have yet to offer a scholarship, it would appear that they are going to make an investment in Barnes' recruitment.

"They are going to come up to my open gyms, meet my coach, talk to my guidance counselors and all of that," said Barnes of the Tar Heels' approach. "They are very specific with who they offer and said that they are going to go through the whole process before deciding on an offer."

Still very much wide open at this point, Barnes says that he's not concerned about who has or hasn't offered. He is, however, looking to start setting up some unofficial visits. He'd prefer to visit schools for a basketball event and for that reason he's only set one -- to Kansas for "Late Night in the Phog" on October 17th -- visit up this far but more are coming.

"We're trying to get around as much as possible," said Barnes. "We don't want anybody to feel slighted so we may take some of those visits during the AAU season in the spring."

For now, Barnes is concentrating on the start of his junior year and figures that the visits will get set once schedules are solidified. Either way, he's in no rush and is more focused on a team goal than his college decision.

"It's too early to know, all I know is that I'll take as many visits as necessary," said Barnes. "The goal for my junior year is to win the state championship. It's as simple as that, but it's a hard goal to achieve. We should have a good team."

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