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Draft impact of Harrison Barnes' decision

Updated: April 18, 2011, 3:30 PM ET
By Chad Ford

North Carolina's Harrison Barnes followed the lead of Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones and UNC teammates John Henson and Tyler Zeller when he announced on Monday that he was skipping the 2011 NBA draft and returning to school.

Barnes' decision may be a great one for college basketball fans, but it leaves an unprecedented hole at the top of the draft for NBA teams.

Barnes is currently ranked No. 3 on our 2011 Big Board and in several of our Mock Draft scenarios was the No. 1 pick. Sullinger was ranked No. 4. Jones was No. 5. All three players were considered potential All-Stars at the NBA level.

That leaves just two players right now -- Duke's Kyrie Irving and Arizona's Derrick Williams -- as the prizes of this year's draft. After that, it's a big, big drop-off.

Our current Top 10 for 2011 looks like this.

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