Posted by Matt Norlander
Don't ever accuse Harrison Barnes of not caring about improving his game. Ever.
One of the elite college players -- who would have easily been a top-five pick in this year's draft -- only wants to get better, and he's going to do it in a different way. Not by changing up his workout routine or spending early hours in the gym. That's typical of any player who desperately and earnestly wants to improve his craft.
But Barnes has a different approach in the coming days. He's attending Chris Paul's CP3 Elite Guard Camp, which begins this weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. Barnes is a 2/3 hybrid. For a non-point guard to receive such an invitation, it tells you more about Barnes' reputation, his work ethic and what people think of him. This is the third straight season Barnes will attend the camp. Clearly he's getting something out of it, as most have seen how Barnes' game has improved in the past two years.
The UNC sophomore will be joining teammate Kendall Marshall, as well as a number of recognizable point guards from the college ranks: Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine, of Syracuse; Kenny Boynton, of Florida; Seth Curry, of Duke; Jordan Taylor, of Wisconsin; Marcus Denmon, of Missouri; Peyton Siva, of Louisville; Brad Burgess, of VCU; and a few others.
To be fair, Barnes isn't the only outlier. Memphis' Will Barton and Duke's Andre Dawkins will also be in attendance. But they, unlike Barnes, aren't seen as polished, NBA-ready players. If you want a vapid reason to speculate why this might not be so great: Kyle Singler attended the camp last year. His ensuing season didn't live up to the hype.
Talent aside, it's things like this that help the upper echelon players remain at the top of their game and their sport. Barnes could easily go through typical routines this summer and show up in Chapel Hill next season as a preseason All-America.
But he's clearly not wired that way.