Harrison Barnes is a professional basketball player who joined the National Basketball Association as the seventh overall choice in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Iowa Mr. Basketball 2010 was selected by the Golden State Warriors, with whom he won the NBA Championship in 2015, before joining the Dallas Mavericks.
Harrison Barnes was born on May 30, 1992, in Ames, Iowa, as Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes, son of Shirley Barnes and Ronnie Harris. However, he was only raised by his mother after his father left him and his younger sister with her to care for Barnes’ sick grandparents, but he never returned.
Barnes attended Ames High School, where he played basketball in high school. Together with future NBA player Doug McDermott, he led the school to two Iowa 4A State Championships in the junior and senior-level without losing a single game. He finished his high school basketball career as the top scorer in his school with 1,787 points.
Since his basketball skills were visible to everyone, Harrison Barnes was not short of scholarship offers from colleges around the country, including the University of California, Los Angeles, Duke University, and Kansas, all of which had serious basketball programs. After attending almost every school, Barnes chose the University of North Carolina (UNC) to play for the legendary Tar Heels.
In his freshman year, Barnes earned the reputation of being a clutch player, as he kept coming up with shots in the final seconds of the games to help his team win. He then set the scoring record in an ACC tournament match by a rookie when he scored 40 points in a match against Clemson on 12 March 2011. After speculation that he was giving up his remaining college years, Barnes returned to play another year of college basketball, where he continued to earn praise. After his second year, he qualified for the draft.
Harrison Barnes was named to the first all-rookie team in his rookie season. Throughout his career, he showed the performance that set him apart from his teammates while fending off challenges from players like Andre Iguodala to become a starter in his third season and help his team win an NBA championship.
The next season, Barnes and the Warriors knocked the entire NBA off its feet when they set the record for the most wins by a team in an 82-game season with a record 73-9. The Warriors were by far the favorites to retain the championship but were angered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who returned from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. Barnes then signed with the Dallas Mavericks, where he hopes for further success.
In 2016, Harrison Barnes signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks that put his annual salary at around $23 million.
Harrison Barnes Wife (Brittany)
Harrison Barnes is married to Brittany Barnes (née Johnson), whom he allegedly met while playing for the Golden State Warriors. The couple got engaged in August 2016 while on vacation in Costa Rica, before they entered into a marriage in July 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island, at a star-studded ceremony in Oceanside.
Mrs. Barnes grew up in San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in English and Literature from Spellman College and another Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina.
Harrison Barnes is 6 feet 8 inches tall (2.03 m), which is only one inch taller than the average size in the NBA. However, when Barnes is not competing on the field, he is likely to be the tallest man in the room wherever he goes, with the average height of an American man being 1.79 meters (1.3 feet).
Harrison Barnes was the highest-rated high school basketball player in 2010. His high school awards include Mr. Basketball of Iowa, the Morgan Wooten Player of the Year award, a McDonald’s All-American, and a Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection.
In college, he was named ACC Rookie of the Year 2011 and was also voted into the second team of the All-ACC and All-ACC Freshman Team of the Year. He also set the record for the most points scored by a UNC rookie in the NCAA tournament with 84 points.
In 2012 he was named to the First Team All-ACC and the Second Team All-American.
Not only is he an NBA championship winner, but he has also won Olympic gold for representing the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics.