Leslie: Heels expect to land Harrison Barnes
Posted November 11, 2009
Updated November 12, 2009
Word of God forward C.J. Leslie, one of the top senior basketball players in the country, said North Carolina has stopped recruiting because the Tar Heels expect to land top prospect Harrison Barnes.
Barnes, a 6-foot-6 forward from Ames, Iowa, will make his announcement on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Ames High School gymnasium. He has cut his list to six schools, including Duke and UNC.
The Blue Devils were believed to be the leaders but Carolina has pushed hard in recent weeks. The Tar Heels brought him to the alumni game in September, and coach Roy Williams visited Barnes one night in Ames right after Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had visited.
Leslie said UNC “just recently pulled out” on recruiting him.
“I think they’re planning to get him,” Leslie said of Barnes. “I think he’s going to go there. I think if they don’t get Harrison, they’ll be back on me.”
Leslie had committed to N.C. State but reconsidered. He said he is now looking at Kentucky, Florida, Oregon, Georgetown, Arizona and NCSU, among others. He said he does not have a timetable for making a decision.
"I have no favorites," he said.