While Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones still ponder what they’ll be doing next year, the cards continue to fall across the college basketball landscape, further complicating their decision. This morning, Harrison Barnes announced he’ll put a few million aside for another run with Roy Williams’ daggum ties and Tyler Zeller’s peach fuzz. The decision of a possible top overall pick to return, of course, gives Kentucky’s duo a bump in their projections, again making you wonder if the longer they wait is actually a good sign. Draft Express immediately updated their 2011 Mock Draft to have Knight at #5 (just behind Kemba Walker, who I think he’d pass through workouts). Terrence Jones is projected at #10.
However, Barnes’ return to North Carolina also adds a lot of intrigue and sex appeal to the college game and a continued battle with the Cats next season as the premiere teams in the land. The two schools, who are competing in a charity event (top left!), are also set to battle for the preseason #1 spot in the polls and, more directly, on the court next season. The matchup now pits a Final Four team that adds potentially the greatest recruiting class ever against one of the nation’s hottest teams, who return three potential first rounders themselves. Depending on what Knight and Jones do, the Kentucky-North Carolina game could become the biggest regular season games in recent memory.
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