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Barnes poised for breakout, top pick in 2012

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08:18 AM ET 07.04 | Is there a better time of year for a firecracker column? In honor of the Fourth of July, here's Yahoo! Sports' All-Firecracker team -- guys I expect to catch fire in 2011-12. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, F, sophomore -- The first half of Barnes' freshman season was a disappointment -- but only because of the unfair expectations that were placed on him before he ever played a college game. Barnes finished the season on a high note by leading the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight. If he makes the kind of strides that people are expecting, Barnes could be the top player in college basketball this season and the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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July 4, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Who cares? Pic thread only.

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July 4, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Don't know if he will be the number one pick but the 2012 draft should be loaded.

July 4, 2011  06:03 PM ET

6 out of 10 post are spam ...

July 4, 2011  07:57 PM ET
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Number 4 pick, not one, they be not the tourny winners neither, but they will plaster Duke every time they meet.

You're right about UNC blasting dook next season. However, I disagree about UNC not cutting down the nets for the national championship. Please share with me, who's going to win it all.

July 4, 2011  07:58 PM ET
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6 out of 10 post are spam ...

Bro, the interns are slipping.

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July 5, 2011  01:37 PM ET
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Who cares? Pic thread only.

Cletus brought the truck home late last night, then this morning asked me if I knew where he parked it

July 5, 2011  02:09 PM ET

ohhhh here it goes.....

July 5, 2011  02:42 PM ET

What a bold prediction. He might be awesome, based on how he finished last season...then again, he might not.

I wish some of these writers would grow a pair, make an argument, and back it up E.g: "Harrison Barnes will be the ACC POY in 2012 because of reason X, Y, and Z." Or "Barnes WON'T be ACC POY because of X, Y, and Z."

This might / might not business is garbage journalism.

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July 5, 2011  04:05 PM ET
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What I want to know is what happened to the chicks???

some good breeding stock

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