North Carolina made its next move on the recruiting front this week when Roy Williams offered elite 2010 prospect Harrison Barnes a scholarship. And the 6-foot-6, 196-pound small forward from Ames (Iowa) Senior High School is intrigued.
With Barnes coming off a visit to rival Duke, the Tarheels quickly stepped up, extending its lone scholarship to Barnes.
"Coach Williams told me that they have one scholarship left for 2009 and 2010, and I'm the only one they are offering," Barnes told Rivals.com. "He said I'm their number one priority."
Barnes, the No. 4 ranked prospect in the class of 2010, now has a scholarship offer from every school recruiting him. It is a long list of schools, since Barnes has yet to formulate a school list and has maintained a wide open stance in his recruitment. Barnes, however, did concede that North Carolina is a school he would likely visit in the spring.
"I wouldn't say I'm serious about any one school," said Barnes, who also visited Kansas this fall. "I'm still wide open. There are a lot of schools for me to consider. In the spring, I'll take some more visits and more than likely start trimming my list down.
"I need to continue to build my relationship with North Carolina, but the chance of me visiting them is likely."
With his high school season beginning November 17, Barnes is on the verge of shutting down his recruitment in order to focus on his season and the development of his game.
"I'm working on becoming a complete player," he said. "I'd like to continue to improve my perimeter moves while also having a post up game. And I want to be able to handle the ball well enough to bring it up the floor."
Harrison Barnes scouting report:
A well put together wing prospect, Barnes is both a threat on the perimeter and around the basket. He has a smooth shooting stroke from three, can attack the basket off the dribble and has a feel for passing the ball. He rebounds the ball well and can score in the post. Defensively, he can guard up to three positions. The complete nature of his game makes him an elite prospect in the class of 2010.