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The wins just keep on coming for North Carolina.

The defending national champions scored a major coup off the court Friday when high school senior Harrison Barnes announced he will play for the Tar Heels.

Barnes, ranked the No. 1 prospect in the country by recruiting site Scout.com, made the announcement at the gymnasium at Ames High School in Iowa. Barnes is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward and a strong student.

His final six schools were Duke, Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma.

Barnes had been coveted by Duke, and the two long-time rivals locked in a fierce struggle for his services. Carolina got a huge boost when Barnes attended its dazzling alumni game in September. Watching Michael Jordan and other Tar Heel greats return to Chapel Hill made an impression, as did a last-second effort by Coach Roy Williams, who swooped in to visit Barnes on the same night as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Barnes will join a UNC recruiting class that already includes 6-6 shooting guard Reggie Bullock of Kinston and 6-3 point guard Kendall Marshall of Arlington, Va. Both are rated five-star recruits by Scout.com.

Bullock is rated the No. 11 player in the country and Marshall is No. 21, according to the Scout.com rankings.