NBA Talent Evaluators Believe Harrison Barnes Will Be Solid Pro
Harrison Barnes struggles to score off the dribble, a shortcoming that could have serious implications at the NBA level.
"No question he's a catch-and-shoot guy," said an Eastern Conference exec. "He's not a slasher. He's not a good finisher at the basket. Doesn't look all that athletic. But he's going to look good. I have to believe he'll be all of 6-8, NBA body, he can shoot the ball and would be a willing defender. He didn't have a great year, but I still don't think it's going to hurt him."
Barnes’ role fluctuated toward the end of his sophomore season at North Carolina.
"They took a guy who was essentially a jump shooter, and at the end of the year they have him putting the ball on the [bleeping] ground and driving,” said a Southeast Division talent evaluator. “Young fella, that's not what you do. What you do is knock down jumpers off two bounces, and off the catch."
Another talent evaluator believes Barnes will have to reassess his place in the game.
"I think he should be an adequate defender, but to be honest, he's got to get over the fact that he was the high school player of the year and the greatest thing going, and the fact that he's no longer that," said a Pacific Division scout. "I don't know where his head's at. But he's a quality kid. No reason he can't figure it out. When he came to college I expected someone who was ahead of Shane Battier at that developmental stage, and Shane's had a pretty good career ... I never saw Harrison Barnes as LeBron James or Kobe Bryant or Jerry Stackhouse. I just saw a nice, solid player."