UNC's Barnes works out for Bobcats before draft

Associated Press Modified: June 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm •  Published: June 21, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Harrison Barnes worked out for the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday morning, and new coach Mike Dunlap said he was impressed with the prospect.

The Bobcats have the No. 2 selection in the June 28 NBA draft, and Barnes is one of a handful of players they're considering for the slot. Kansas' Thomas Robinson and Connecticut's Andre Drummond are scheduled to work out for Charlotte on Friday.

New Orleans is expected to take Kentucky's Anthony Davis with the first pick.

Barnes had a smooth workout with the Bobcats, but there was one thing he wasn't able to accomplish.

He wanted to shoot with owner Michael Jordan, who also played his college ball at North Carolina and is the inspiration for Barnes' middle name, Jordan.

"I was going to ask him for a shooting contest, but he dipped out a little early," Barnes said. "But it was fun to play in front of him."

Barnes, a 6-foot-8 small forward, averaged 17.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 38 games as a sophomore last season.

The Bobcats are coming off a 7-59 season, the worst winning percentage in NBA history, so clearly there are multiple holes to fill. They also worked out Florida's Bradley Beal and Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Tuesday.

Barnes said he didn't get much feedback from Jordan, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins, general manager Rich Cho or Dunlap, who was hired this week and guided Thursday's workouts in his first day on the job.

"It would be nice to be close to where I played college basketball, but ultimately that's not my decision," Barnes said. "Obviously, they're looking to improve in every position, so it's just a matter of what they feel they need the most, whether it's a perimeter player or a big."