Harrison Barnes used to get dropped off by teammate to court his now-wife
Dallas Mavs forward Harrison Barnes’ wedding story involves determination, rides from a former teammate who is now in the NBA, and ice cream, yeah… lots of ice cream.
The Dallas Mavericks star was at the peak of his collegiate career in North Carolina, when he met Brittany, a cheerleader for the Tar Heels. Despite an abrupt first interaction, the two got to know each other after Barnes got a hold of her phone number and found out how to best coerce her into a date.
“It took a long time,” Brittany said, according to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. “I would ignore his text messages. I would ignore his calls. But somehow, he found out what my favorite ice cream was at the time. Starbucks had that java chip ice cream and you couldn’t find it at every grocery store. But he would come to the house to coerce me into hanging out with four pints of this java chip ice cream.”
Teammate John Henson, now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, did the most of his wingman duties by dropping him off.
“And he didn’t have a car at the time, so John Henson, one of his teammates, would drive him up to the house and drop him off,” Brittany said. “And he’d be standing there with a grocery bag of ice cream with his laptop so we could, like, study in the living room. After about six months of that, that’s finally how we started. That was June of 2011, and by November of 2011, we made it official.”
“He had made it up in his mind. I’d never encountered a man that was so sure as he was about what he wanted. He was only like 18 years old at the time. And we were together for seven years after that [before getting married].”
Despite only played together for two seasons at Chapel Hill, but they bonded enough over that time to help Barnes score the girl of his dreams. Ice cream; of course, helped too.