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Barnes looks like a burner at NBA Draft combine

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Craig Stouffer
The only place for Harrison Barnes to go was down when he came out of high school and was named an All-American before he had played a single minute at North Carolina.

The NBA Draft combine has given him a chance to go up again. Barnes didn't work out, but he got measured, and the numbers are hard to miss.

At 6-foot-8 and 228 pounds, Barnes had the highest no-step vertical jump of all the players in attendance in Chicago: 38 inches. His maximum vertical was 39.5 inches -- tied for seventh best, with only one player taller than him (6-11 Miles Plumlee) doing better.

Barnes also was best in the three-quarters court sprint (3.16 seconds), his time falling a hair shy of Trevor Booker (3.10) and John Wall (3.14) two years ago. He put up as many reps in the bench press (15) as the chiseled Thomas Robinson.

Remarkably, Barnes did all of this with 9.6 percent body fat, meaning he's only at the starting point and certainly will get into better shape.

After two years of having holes poked in his game -- all while averaging 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and shooting 43.0 percent from the field -- there's evidence to suggest that what made Barnes so appealing coming out of high school could do the same for him heading into the draft.

At 20 years old, he could be more ready than the 18-year-olds (Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) expected to be drafted before him. Which means that the Wizards -- who could have used him in last year's draft -- must seriously consider him with the No. ?3 pick June 28.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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