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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MaxPreps on Will Barton (10 to Watch in 2011)

10 to watch for 2011: Brewster Academy's Will Barton
MaxPreps examines 10 high school seniors that will prove to be impact performers in next year’s field of 65.
Friday, March 19, 2010
By: Jason Hickman

No. 7 Will Barton
6-6 / 170 / Guard
Brewster Academy (Baltimore, Md.)

Headed to: Memphis

2009-10: After leading Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High School to a state championship a year ago, Barton took his game to the prep ranks for a fifth year this winter. Even with five other future Division I players on the roster at Brewster Academy, the skinny guard posted 20.8 points per game and was named NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year, as well as MVP of the NEPSAC tournament.

Next-level analysis: The backcourt is going to be awfully crowded at Memphis next year with returning guards Elliot Williams, Wesley Witherspoon and Roburt Sallie, plus five highly-touted newcomers. Barton, known primarily for his scoring prowess, should find a way to carve out plenty of minutes as he can do much more than just put the ball in the bucket. He was a frequent double-digit rebounder at Brewster this season and can cause problems defensively with his length.

Barton spent just a year at both Lake Clifton and Brewster Academy, but contributed to a 62-5 combined record in those two seasons and helped each capture a championship. Another bonus at Memphis will be re-uniting with brother Antonio. The two last played together during the 2008-09 campaign at Lake Clifton.

The potential negative for Barton at the next level isn’t tough to spot. He weighs just 170 pounds and it’s tough to recall a college star in recent years with a frame as slight as Barton’s. The Baltimore native has been able to work around the lack of bulk and strength to this point in his career. Expect an adjustment period as he learns to do the same at Memphis.

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