Future Heels Take Home Awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Two future Tar Heels took home awards after Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American Game. Harrison Barnes was named co-MOP and Kendall Marshall received the Naismith Sportsmanship Award.

Barnes got in the scoring column early, with 15 points in the first half. He scored on drives to the rim, spin moves through traffic, a spot up three and breakaway dunks, finishing with 18 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3pt) and 5 rebounds.

"I just knew that I wanted to win the game," Barnes said of goals for the evening. "I wasn't going to get caught up in trying to please the crowd. I did throw a poor alley-oop to Terrence (Jones). But I just wanted to come out and play my game."

That he did. For his efforts, Barnes was awarded the West team's Most Outstanding Player trophy.

"It's one of the biggest awards I could ever ask for," he said. "It's unbelievable.

"This was a once and a life time thing. It was a dream come true to come here. You don't realize how big it is until you come here."

Marshall saw less minutes, though noticeably was brought back in during the East team's late comeback. He focused on what he does best - setting up teammates. Hailed as the best passer in the class, he recorded a game-high five assists, including two that made the highlight reels, plus two points from the free-throw line.

After the game, Marshall was presented the Naismith Sportsmanship Award, which is voted on by the players and coaches for "the player who exhibits the best sportsmanship during the week of the game." Previous winners include Chris Paul and Shane Battier.

The third UNC signee in the game, Reggie Bullock, posted 6 points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3pt), including a tough runner, and 6 rebounds.

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