Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Harrison Barnes, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2010 out of Ames (Iowa) High, visited North Carolina this weekend for the first of his official visits.
“Fun,” the 6-foot-6 Barnes wrote in a text. “The atmosphere. The past and present were all together and it was fun to think of being part of a tradition like that.”
Barnes saw the UNC football team rout Citadel 40-6 on Saturday and was also on campus Friday for the Pro Alumni Game in which a sellout crowd of 21,750 watched the White team defeat the Blue team 113-92.
The game featured NBA All-Stars such as Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison and Jerry Stackhouse.
Barnes will next visit Duke the weekend of Oct. 23.
His visits to Kansas, Oklahoma and UCLA are still being arranged. He won’t make an official visit to Iowa State since he lives just a mile from campus.
Shirley Barnes, Harrison’s mom, told the AP that she doesn’t believe her son will make a decision before the early signing period ends in November.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.