Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.