The highest ranked prospect in high school basketball, Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes is coming to Chapel Hill to play basketball for the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
Before he was born, his mother, Shirley, taped many of former Tar Heels great Michael Jordan's games with the Chicago Bulls in case she had a son. When she had one, she included Jordan in his name. Then, during his visit to North Carolina earlier this fall for the school's alumni game, Barnes and his family briefly met Jordan, although NCAA rules only allow a short greeting.
In front of an anxious crowd at his high school and a national TV audience on ESPNU Friday afternoon, top-ranked recruit Harrison Barnes walked over to a laptop to connect by video conference to the coach whose school he planned to attend.
After an awkward, 70-second pause while the video link was established, coach Roy Williams and the UNC team appeared on the projection screen at the gym at Ames High School in Iowa.
"Coach, I know you're in practice now, and I've got to get going on signing my letter of intent here," Barnes said. "But I just want to let you know that I'll be joining you next year on the squad. I can't wait to play with all you guys."
Somewhere in Durham, Coach K said “S&%#!!!!!”
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