Harrison Barnes, John Henson, and Kendall Marshall will be leaving the Tarheels in search for place in the NBA. North Carolina released a statement today saying that all three underclassmen will be entering the NBA draft.
The school did not say if Barnes, Henson, or Marshall would be hiring an agent.
Coach Roy Williams said in a statement:
“It’s a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball. On a very small stage, it’s a sad day for me because I won’t get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.”
The WCF Courier reports that Barnes could have entered the NBA draft last spring but decided to stay with the Tar Heels another year to fight for a national championship. North Carolina was on their way to a National title but several injuries made the rode a bit too rocky for the Tar Heels.
Barnes, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, lead the team during the 2012 season with 17 points a game.
Henson, a junior, also played a big part for UNC. Henson averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks game, and like Barnes, will likely be a first round draft pick.
“I wish we’d have been able to bring our fans a national championship, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am proud of what we accomplished, especially the last two years.”
Henson, a sophomore, had to watch most of the NCAA tournament from the bench due to a broken wrist. Before his injury he set the Atlantic Coast Conference’s single-season assists record.
”It’s been the greatest two years of my life. have always put the team before myself and I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. My lifelong dream has been to play basketball at the highest level possible and I feel now is my greatest opportunity to fulfill this goal.”
Do you think Harrison Barnes, John Henson, and Kendall Marshall made the right decision by entering the NBA draft?