Will Barton Is...
AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER!
As of now he is definitely contending for NCAA Player Of The Year. I initially thought Barton would be a one and done Lottery Pick as a Freshman. Its kinda nice to see him dominate after predicting a National Championship. He still overdribbles at times, and seems unpracticle for fundimental driven systems...but he is proving he can be a game changer at least at te NCAA level.
Barton had a career high in points (27), and rebounds (14). On top of that he showed great vision and playmaking skill with 3 assists, and intriguing defensive stats 2 steals and 4 blocks.
Will Barton is averaging 20-ppg, 9-rpg, 3-apg, 2-bpg, and 1.5-spg while shooting 50% from the field, and he is rapidly improving as his best game ever completely elevated his team to victory over a scrappy Miami team who gave a good challenge to Memphis...for a while. The fact that Barton only had one turnover against Miami is just the icing on the cake.
Just creeping up those draft boards.
He has improved a lot from last season. He shoots the ball a lot, but it seems like he is settling for jumpers a lot less which is good. He takes a lot of awkward floater type shots that look ugly but he knocks those down pretty well. I still think he should come back for one more year if he really wants to be a good pro.
HAHA i dunno if 3 assist is great playmaking, isnt that average by college standards
Yep, he has been an absoulte beast so far this year. I dont see why people don't have him higher on the draft boards, he has everything you want in a NBA SG. He's a great scorer, has great height for a SG, is a good athlete, and is probably the best rebounding guard in college basketball.
He is a great player and I saw his game Today agaisnt Miami but he is literally one of the skinniest and frail players in College Basketball. I think he needs to come back another year and just workout and do nothing else in order to be a at a sufficent level to contribute at the next level, otherwise he will simply get destroyed
I don't see him being A starter in the NBA. I see him as A eneergy guy off the bench that will play defence knock down A open shot Kinda like Travis Outlaw.
He reminds me of Julius Hodge who played for NC State. Hopefully he becomes a better pro, which he should.
oh you just beat me..i wanted to post it too lol
let alone his scoring and you have what you wanted from him as a prospect 20ppg on a good team shows his potential but those rebounds and even blocks makes him such an interesting prospect..in my eyes there is no way i see 30 guys better than him in this draft
overally i see Jeremy Lamb as a better prospect but is the difference between them very huge?
I saw the change in Barton from the first game of his I watched this season (vs Belmont) and it is remarkable how different he is. If he keeps up this level of play and declares, don't be surprised if he's a mid-first rounder, because the kid is that talented. Also, going to the NBA would be better for his chances of bulking up than staying in college when he has to juggle study also.
Scouts still dont like him..If Witherspoon or Adonis had been putting up the stats that Barton have the past few games..Scouts will be excited and have them in the lottery..
But they feel Barton isnt a solid prospect,he's too thin, lacks strength,isnt a very good shooter,is a poor defender and plays out of control at times...
But i love his aggressiveness and athleticism..I think he can be a steal for someone in the 2nd round..
Favorite player in college basketball. Reminds me a bit of Jamaal Crawford with better rebounding but less a more inconsistent jumpshot. His ballhandling isn't at Jamaal's either.
If he contnues to play like he is right now he won't fall to the 2nd round. I still think he needs to come back, but no way he drops that far averaging 20 and 9 and with how much he has imporved from last year.
I think the Julius Hodge comparison is legit. Barton still has alot to learn about defense and shot selection, but he has improved. He's still in need of polish, but he has improved since last year I think.
I've always like his length and willingness to hit the glass. I don't like his thin frame though, he's going to have to get stronger to play at the next level effectively. He very well could be a player of the year canidate and I expect him to keep up his lofty number due to C-USA's terrible top to bottom competition.
If he leaves early, I still him being an 18-25 range guy. Great potential, but still a hand full of questions. How Memphis does in March and April will most likely play a big part in his stock too.
Couldn't agree more JoeWolf.
need to hinder out of control moment in his game and to bulk up but the guy has talent, remind me a little young Ron Harper
The same Ron Harper that came in the league and dropped 22pts 5 rbs 5 asp 2.5 steals and shot 20% from 3 point? I don't like that comparison at all, If I had to compare him to someone, I'd go with Kerry Kittles.
Kerry Kittles was a superb shooter and a 3 point specialist
Barton is 6-12 over his last 5 games. His first to games were shakey from downtown, but he's settled. I wouldn't be surprised if he was at 37-39% by the end of the year, which is about what Kittles shot in college.
Kittles isn't a terrible comparison, both had decent guard skills, but I'm not so sure Kittles ever had the rebounding and flashy passes that Barton posses's. Barton has numbers pretty similar to Kittles' last 2 years at Nova. Kerry had better decision making though IMO. Hadn't really thought about it, but I had really forgotten that kerry only lasted 7 GOOD years and 11 games into an 8th season?
No comparisons are spot on, and Kittles is by no means perfect. I just couldn't get behind Ron Harper. He was often compared to Michael Jordan when he hit the scene, playing great D, attacking the rim and not having a whole lot of outside game.
You're right, iguapops, Kittles was more fundamentally sound and a better decision maker, I was basing it mainly on frame, being a good college rebounder (6-7 rpg) for a tall thin guard and the fact Kittles had a big jump in his game from Frosh to Soph season. Kittles as a soph in college wasn't too far off from where Barton is, in my opinion.
Very much agreed. I actually liked the comparison. I couldn't see Harper either. He was on a level with Clyde and MJ with his size, athleticism, 2 way play and guard skills.