HEAT Sign Earl Barron
Barron, a 70, 268-pound forward, starred last month on the HEATs team in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, CA, averaging team-highs in points (17.4 ppg), rebounds (7.4 rpg) and blocks (1.00 bpg) in the seven contests. He also topped the HEAT in field goal percentage (.652), free throws made (36), free throws attempted (43), defensive rebounds (32) and total rebounds (52). His four 20-point outings and his two double-doubles tied Wayne Simien for the team lead. Barron finished second on the squad in field goals made (43), free throw percentage (.837), offensive rebounds (20) and minutes played (209). He led the HEAT in rebounds and blocks on four occasions each, in points three times and in minutes and steals once each. Barron recorded consecutive double-doubles with a 27-point, 12-rebound outing against the Dallas Mavericks on July 11 and a 24-point, 12-rebound effort against the Los Angeles Lakers on July 13. The 27-point outing and the 12-rebound games both marked HEAT single-game highs.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Barron spent the last two seasons with the Huntsville Flight of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL). In two seasons with the Flight he averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 25.2 minutes in 55 regular season contests while shooting 50.4 percent (241-478) from the floor and 80.5 percent (149-185) from the foul line. Barron earned NBDL Honorable Mention honors in 2004-05 after averaging 12.2 points (17th in the NBDL), 5.7 rebounds and 25.8 minutes. He finished the season ranked ninth in the NBDL in free throw percentage (.811) and 13th in field goal percentage (.499). Barron split the 2003-04 season between Huntsville and Tuborg Pilsener in Turkey. He began the season with Tuborg Pilsener and averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17 games before joining the Flight. In 10 games with Huntsville he averaged 8.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.00 steals and 22.7 minutes while connecting on 54.2 percent of his field goal attempts and 76.2 percent of his free throw attempts.
Barron played four years of college basketball at the University of Memphis where he averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 128 career games from 1999-2003. The Clarksdale, MS native shot 47.9 percent (360-751) from the floor and 68.5 percent (278-406) from the foul line. Barron, who earned a degree in business management, is the Tigers all-time leader in charges taken (36) and ranks ninth on the schools all-time blocked shots list (132). He became the 37th player in school history to score reach the 1,000-point plateau and finished his career with 1,002 points and 622 rebounds. Barron led the Tigers in field goal percentage (.541) during the 2000-01 season and he ranked first in free throw percentage in both 2001-02 (.783) and 2002-03 (.813). He helped the Tigers capture the NIT championship in 2001-02 and reach the NIT Final Four in 2000-01.