In his first extended minutes of playing time since arriving in Memphis, NBA-Draft.com's top shooting guard prospect in the freshman class, Will Barton, was able to get going for the Tigers. He finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds, knocking down 4-of-7 shots from behind the arc. He displayed some flashes of brilliance with athleticism and deep range on his jumper that helped give Memphis the go-ahead lead in the second-half. The 6'6" wing from Baltimore took over. He answered a 19-4 Northwestern State run by scoring 11 straight Memphis points.
It was only a matter of time before Josh Pastner had to give his top recruit significant minutes and Barton responded. In Memphis' first two wins of the season, the freshman scored just 5 total points and came up empty with his perimeter jumper.
With four more home contests before the Tigers take on Kansas in December, expect Will Barton to continue to take on larger offensive role and lead the team with his scoring, but also his defense.