Harrison Barnes returning to North Carolina

Harrison Barnes (AP photo)

Harrison Barnes (AP photo)

Harrison Barnes announced this morning that he will return to North Carolina for his sophomore season.

So the ball is now in the court of Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight.

If Knight and Jones stay, then Kentucky could be the No. 1 pre-season choice next season, based on the holdovers plus John Calipari’s highly-touted crop of newcomers.

If Knight and Jones go, then North Carolina will almost surely be the pre-season No. 1.

John Henson and Tyler Zeller both announced they will return to Chapel Hill next season. Now it looks like Barnes will do the same. Throw in point guard Kendall Marshall, and North Carolina will have a talented, experienced team next season.

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