Good news for Memphis Tigers fans: the NCAA declared Will Barton
eligible for the 2010-11 season.
“Obviously, we are very pleased with the decision from the NCAA that clears Will for competition this season,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner
said. “We (the university) continued to provide additional documentation to the NCAA for its review, which is part of its routine process.”
A consensus top-15 national recruit, Barton came to Memphis after playing at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire in 2009-10. In his one season at Brewster, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 20.8 points in helping lead the Bobcats to a 35-4 overall record and the National Prep Championship crown. Barton was named the MVP of the National Prep Championship tournament after scoring 24 points in the title game. He was also selected the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class A Player of the Year for 2009-10.
Following the 2009-10 campaign, Barton played in two all-star games. The Baltimore, Md., native scored 15 points in the Jordan Brand Classic, which was played in Madison Square Garden in New York City. He also participated in the Nike Hoops Summit, which was held in Portland, Ore.
“I would like to extend my thanks to all of the individuals who helped with the review process for this young man,” said Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson
. “Their efforts on Will’s behalf will prove to be quite valuable for this young man’s future as a student-athlete.”
Boys & Girls senior shooting guard Mike Taylor
reportedly cut his list to Rutgers, South Florida, Pitt, West Virginia, St. John’s and South Carolina…Oakland Soldiers G Jabari Brown
has a new list per Rivals: Washington, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Oregon, DePaul, Cal and St. John’s.
Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter.