Harrison Barnes was one of the big reasons that the Golden State Warriors came away with an NBA Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has shown a lot of growth over the past couple of seasons and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
Despite his NBA success, however, he still has a passion for North Carolina Tar Heels basketball.
That will be shown in a big way on September 13th this year, when a group of former North Carolina players will take on the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena.
Kentucky will be fielding their own group of alumni for the game.
Assembling a UNC team for a return trip to Rupp Arena on Sept 13 to take on the Cats! This time the result will be different! #AlumniGame
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) July 31, 2015
This type of a game is going to draw quite a bit of attention from around the nation. There is bad blood between these two schools and an amazing rivalry on the line as well.
Even though these players are alumni and will be playing for other teams in professional basketball, the competition is going to be fierce.
There are a few players in particular from both sides that we would like to see hit the court on September 13th. John Wall of the Washington Wizards is one of them, while Kentucky could also bring back Phoenix Suns star point guard Eric Bledsoe. While they’re at it, Kentucky should also try to bring back Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins to round out their big four.
North Carolina, on the other hand, should try to bring back players like Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Danny Green and possibly Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller.
Perhaps Barnes could work his magic and bring back Vince Carter for a game as well? Obviously that doesn’t seem as likely, but it would add even more entertainment to the game.
All of that being said, this is going to be a very fun game to watch and tickets are reportedly going to be solid for $5-100.
If you’re in the Kentucky area and want to catch a good basketball game, then be at Rupp Arena on September 13th at 5:30 p.m. in order to catch this alumni game.
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