Selfishly, I'm happy to see Harrison Barnes return to North Carolina for his sophomore season. I enjoyed watching him play. And as good as he was, he'll become better. College coaches have much more time to teach than their NBA counterparts do.
But I tire of people like myself saying that a kid did the right thing by staying. How would I know what's best for a teenage basketball star? When a player leaves North Carolina early, we never say, "He did the right thing" -- unless we cheer for Duke.
Nobody came to my journalism school and told me that if I leave early they'd pay me lots of money. If a newspaper had, I wonder if I would have said, "No, it's all about education for me, so take your tawdry dollars while I head to class and to the library and to my part-time job on Friday night and Saturday night and to my dive apartment."
Nobody came after me. Nobody came after you. The NBA would have come after Harrison Barnes.
I'm glad Barnes is staying. But had he chosen to become a lottery pick, I would have been fine with that, too.