Memphis' Barton Hitting The Boards

        The top shooting guard in the high school class of 2010 was known as a pure scorer- one that can make his open 3s, finish in all sorts of ways at the rim and elevate over defenders to pull-up off his penetration. Barton showed glimpses of contributing in other areas of the game, but not nearly consistent enough to be considered a factor or a threat as a capable passer or rebounder. But each of the last two games, Barton has set new career-highs on the boards, as well as tie a new career-high in assists. Are we finally seeing Barton live up to his first-round potential? It certainly seems that way and we will have to watch Barton closely and adjust our Big Board accordingly.

        As a freshman, Barton failed to record one game of double-digit rebounds- unbelievable for a player of his size, length, athleticism and the lack of bodies in the frontcourt for the Tigers. Seven games into his sophomore campaign, he already has three double-doubles, including 14 last game against Miami (FL) on the road; five of which came on the offensive end, resulting in eight second-chance points.

By President Corey Ruff - 12 - 8 - 11