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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Harrison Barnes




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Harrison Barnes


Position: Small Forward

Size: 6-8, 210

School: North Carolina, Sophomore


Strengths:
  • Sweet outside stroke
  • Pull-up jump shot
  • Creates his own shot
  • Using ball fakes to create space on jumpers
  • Athleticism
  • Great body control when finishing around the rim
  • Outstanding in transition
  • Backs down smaller defenders
  • Outstanding work ethic
  • High character



    Weaknesses:
  • Ball-handling
  • Too often settles for jump shot
  • Shot selection
  • Need to get stronger
  • Aggressiveness on the glass

    Summary: Despite struggling with the high expectations cast upon him before he even stepped onto the floor as a Tar Heel, Barnes lived up to his potential near the end of the season. He has a complete all-around game on the offensive end, and if he picks up where he left off during his sophomore season, he has a real chance of being the top overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Player Comparison: Tracy McGrady. Think T-Mac early in his career; not the washed-up, injury-riddled version we have seen the past couple of years. Barnes has an offensive game similar to McGrady, though McGrady was more skilled than Barnes with the ball in his hands. Barnes can create his own shots, get to the basket and use his size to back down opponents. He is still loaded with potential and is still trying to become a true threat from the perimeter just like McGrady in his early NBA days.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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