Coach Roy Williams had three recruiting targets in the 2010 class, and now he is three for three after snagging the No. 2-ranked prospect in the Rivals150, Harrison Barnes.
In a televised press conference at his Ames (Iowa) Senior High School, Barnes announced for North Carolina over Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Oklahoma and Iowa State.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward utilized an unique method to make his announcement. He contacted Coach Williams via video conference, and to his surprise, the whole North Carolina team joined Coach Williams.
"Just wanted to let you know that I'll be joining you guys next year on the squad and I can't wait to play with all you guys," Barnes told Coach Roy Williams and the North Carolina team.
Barnes commented more on why he chose North Carolina.
"I just felt that not only is Coach Williams so good at instructing the game, I felt that I developed a great relationship with the players, and I'm just so anxious to play with them," said Barnes.
He also noted North Carolina's fast style of play as a factor in his decision.
They play a very up-and-down tempo, and that's something I like to do," he said. "I'm hoping to come in and add my contributions and hopefully help us win a national championship."
Now that Barnes has joined Reggie Bullock (No. 10) and Kendall Marshall (No. 32) in the 2010 North Carolina recruiting class, the Tar Heels move to No. 2 in the national team recruiting rankings.
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.