“Mouth Of The Midwest” Marty Tirrell Says 90 Percent Chance Barnes Returns To UNC
Mac Attack 03/27/12: Iowa based radio guy Marty Tirrell joined the Mac Attack today and let us know his sources are saying there is a 90 percent chance that Harrison Barnes returns to UNC. He also talk about Barnes struggles and the coaching of Roy Williams
Tirrell has been vocal about his displeasure at UNC Coach Roy Williams of late, catching heat from Tarheel fans everywhere. He explains his displeasure is not from him having a basketball powerhouse school or his coaching style, but his dark of night thievery of Iowa basketball players, draining the state of its talent.
“There is some history here now…Roy has been like a thief in the night here in this state…he has cut a slot in high school basketball like no one has seen…pillaging all this talent! …The high school basketball out here is outstanding…there is quality talent here…Now he starts coming to our high school basketball tournaments, sitting in press row, where coaches are not allowed to be…Roy is not a beloved figure…he got his ass handed to him in this tournament.”
Tirrell feels that Harrison Barnes was effected greatly by the loss of Kendall Marshall and had the Heels had Marshall healthy, the tournament would have been drastically different. He also believes that because of the poor performance in the Elite Eight, Barnes has to return to Chapel Hill in the fall.
“This guy is not ready! He made his commitment to North Carolina…I would be stunned…I think he has to sprint back to Chapel Hill…No guy on that team took Kendall Marshall’s departure more personal than Harrison Barnes…he just did not function [without Marshall]…he needs to go back, get back in to the gym…”
Tirrell believes Barnes’ poor performance in the UNC game against Kansas was actually a blessing in disguise for Tarheels fans. He thinks that because he did not showcase his best talents and because so many weaknesses were exposed, Barnes will realize he needs another year at UNC before heading to the NBA.
“Harrison got all these trimmings and all these appointments by playing in Iowa and playing against small kids…this is a refined talent…he was Kobe Bryant, he was going to be Lebron James…He needs to be Harrison Barnes…Next year in the Final Four, it’ll be Kentucky and North Carolina…There is no doubt about it [if he hadn’t struggled in the tournament, he would have been gone to the NBA].”