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Prospect Profile

Will Barton

  • Full Name: Will Barton
  • Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 175
  • Birthdate: January 6, 1991
  • College: Memphis
Portland Trail Blazers Round 2: Pick 40
 

Strengths:
* Can score in a variety of ways
* Length
* Athleticism
* Competes

Weaknesses:
* Has to get bigger and stronger
* Needs to become more consistent from 3

NBA projection:
Barton has been projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick. His versatile scoring game, rebounding ability and high motor will give him a chance to become a solid contributor, especially if he can become more consistent and less streaky from the perimeter.

2011-12 Season:
Barton was chosen the Conference USA player of the year after leading his team and the league in scoring. He also led Memphis in rebounding and was the only guard in the conference to finish in the top 10 in that statistic. He racked up 11 double-doubles, including 14 20-point scoring games. He led or tied for the team lead in scoring and rebounding 21 times.

Key statistics:
18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 tpg, 1.4 spg, 0.7 bpg, 35.3 mpg, .509 FG, .346 3PT, .749 FT

Cool statistic:
Barton’s 631 points scored were the most by a sophomore in Memphis history.

Reminds me of:
Jamal Crawford

What Insiders Say:
Memphis coach Josh Pastner
"He obviously made a great decision [about declaring for the draft]. He’s going to have a longtime career at the next level and have an opportunity to do something that’s very, very, very hard to do."

What Outsiders Say:
Charlotte coach Alan Major
"He’s so athletic that you just have to try to limit the chances that he has to get to the rim."

-- Prospect profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook
 

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