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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