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Harrison Barnes returns to UNC

Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar

Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the first half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball. (March 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The uncertainty of the NBA's labor situation is beginning to have an impact on this summer's draft. North Carolina freshman sensation Harrison Barnes announced on Monday he will return to Tabacco Road for his sophomore season.

"As an 18-year-old, I'm in the early stages of my life journey," Barnes said in the statement. "I'm honored and blessed for the chance to play in the NBA. And because of my family, teachers, passion, and work, I have the ultimate dream of one day playing and experiencing a fulfilling career in the NBA."

Barnes, a preseason AP All-American, averaged 15.7 for North Carolina and shot 35 percent from three-point range.

The NBA draft is June 23. Players have until Sunday to declare themselves for the draft, but they have until May 8, provided they didn't hire an agent, to withdraw.

Barnes' teammates Tyler Zeller and Jon Henson also elected to return to North Carolina next season. Ohio State freshman center Jared Sullinger also announced his intention to return to school for his sophomore season. 

UConn's Kemba Walker and Duke's Kyrie Irving have declared their intentions to enter the draft.


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