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NBA All-Star Game: Former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes invited to Rising Stars Challenge

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Golden State Warriors forward and former North Carolina basketball star Harrison Barnes has been selected to participate in the NBA’s All-Star weekend. Barnes was invited to play and will play in the Rising Stars Challenge, formally known as the rookie-sophomore game.

This will be the second trip to the Rising Stars game for Barnes who played in it last season as a rookie. He finished with 12 points in the game last year and looks to improve on that this season. Barnes was a First-Team All-Rookie selection last year and helped spark the Warriors to a playoff run.

Barnes is averaging 10.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 42 games this season. He’s shooting 42% from the field this season.

As a starter, his numbers are increasingly better. In 14 starts, Barnes 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the 7th seed Warriors in the Western Conference.

Last season he started in all 81 games he played in and averaged 9.2 points per game, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. Barnes was a key contributor in getting Golden State into the post-season.

In his final season at North Carolina, Barnes averaged 17.1 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game.

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