"I felt humbled by the experience seeing that he just won a national championship," Barnes said. "Then a couple days later he came right out to see me at my high school. It was just definitely a very humbling experience and I feel honored. It also showed a great deal of how interested they are."
North Carolina sent a scholarship offer Barnes' way in late October and since then the 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing has developed a bond with Williams and the rest of the Tar Heel staff.
"They are one of those schools where I've been able to develop a good relationship with the head coach, coach Roy Williams," Barnes said. "I've been in frequent contact with them."
"We've talked frequently throughout the season. From what I've collected from him he seems to be a very quiet man and very respectable. He's very easy to talk to and isn't shy about sharing his basketball expertise."
To this point, Barnes, who has is also hearing from Duke, Florida, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, UCLA, USC, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma and LSU, has taken a handful of visits and he's expecting to check out the Tar Heels in late June.
"I've had a chance to talk to them plenty of times and I'm planning on taking a visit out there after the NBA Top 100 camp [in Virginia]," Barnes said. "We haven't gotten the travel arrangements figured out."
While he's gotten a chance to see a handful of programs up close Barnes, who averaged 20 points and nine rebounds on a state championship team, is starting to get a good feel for what the Carolina program has to offer.
"I still learn more and more everyday about certain programs, especially North Carolina," he said. "All I know so far is they have very good tradition, have a good coaching line, they bring in good recruits every year and I think it's a good place for player development."
Throughout the recruiting process Barnes has made it clear that he's taking his time. As previously stated, he's going to visit Carolina in June, as well as UCLA and USC shortly after he plays in the Pangos All-American Camp in California. Barnes isn't in a rush to make a decision, but with his high school hoops season over, he is starting to dive into the process more.
"Right now I've only seen three schools up close - Duke, Kansas and Iowa State - so it would be premature for me to have a leader or to try and list favorites," Barnes said. "But now that the NCAA tournament is over I'll be taking a closer look at my recruiting and I'll begin to contact schools that I will eliminate."
Barnes, a five-star prospect, is ranked No. 3 overall by Scout.com in the Class of 2010.