Tag:Will Barton
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:17 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 12:21 am

Was that Wesley Witherspoon smiling and stuff?

By Gary Parrish

MEMPHIS -- Wesley Witherspoon has had a strange college career filled with more downs than ups.

The diehard fans have been hard on him

Some have given up on him.

But he's the reason Memphis is still atop the Conference USA standings.

The 6-foot-8 senior finished with 12 points in Saturday night's 83-76 win over Marshall here at FedExForum that pushed the Tigers' league mark to the same 6-1 record that Southern Miss earned earlier. But he also chased loose balls. And drew a charge. And blocked a shot in the final three minutes. And grabbed an offensive rebound in the closing seconds. And basically did all the little things coaches beg players to do.

"You never know what my role is gonna be [because] it changes night in and night out," Witherspoon said. "So I just have to make sure I'm ready to play basketball everyday."

Which has always been the knock on Witherspoon.

He's frustrating because he's not ready to play basketball everyday.

Sometimes he's very good.

But he disappears too often for anybody's liking.

Proof is in the fact that the former projected first-round draft pick is a reserve ranked eighth in points per game on the Memphis roster. His coaches have decided they can't rely on him, and it's difficult to blame them. But now isn't the time to stress that because Wesley Witherspoon was the anti-Wesley Witherspoon on this night. He didn't jog. He ran. He wasn't soft. He played strong. He didn't sulk. He smiled.

And he doesn't really have a reputation for smiling much on the court.

"Exactly," said Memphis sophomore Will Barton. "So we've just got to keep him smiling all the time."
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 10:35 am

Memphis' Will Barton does it again

By Jeff Goodman

Will Barton did it. Again.

A year ago, before he got a taste of college basketball, Memphis' talented wing guaranteed a national championship to just about anyone who was willing to listen.

Then the Tigers went out and barely made the NCAA tournament.

Barton had his moments a year ago, but struggled at times. The same can be said for fellow frosh Joe Jackson, who was even benched multiple times by Josh Pastner before finishing the season on a high note.

You'd think Barton would have learned after a year's experience.

However, he did it again.

"Coach Pastner said I can't say it," Barton told the crowd on Thursday at an annual event for Tigers fans and boosters.

"If he says it, he's got to back it up," Pastner added, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

"I'm gonna say it then. We're going to win it all," Barton then said. "Don't put this in The Commercial Appeal. I don't want to see it on ESPN or none of that this year. Let's keep it in the party. Off the record."

The newspaper went with it, anyway.

And now Barton is back out there making lofty predictions. I love his swagger, but you'd think he would have learned his lesson.

In his defense, Memphis should be improved this season with Barton, Jackson, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford and Antonio Barton all having a year under their belt - and the addition of talented freshman Adonis Thomas. 

But a national title?  I just don't see it.
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 5:14 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the list of 50 players for the John Wooden Preseason watch list was this afternoon.

My guess is that my colleague, Gary Parrish, missed it. I did not. 

Anyway, here's my list of 50.

Remember, transfers and freshman are not eligible, so that means that guys like frosh Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers - as well as transfer Arnett Moultrie - couldn't be included.

My Wooden Preseason Top 50

Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, PF, Sr., Notre Dame
Harrison Barnes, 6-8, SF, Soph., North Carolina
Will Barton, 6-6, SG, Soph., Memphis
Dee Bost, 6-2, PG, Sr., Mississippi State
William Buford, 6-5, SG, Sr., Ohio State
Kyle Casey, 6-7, SF, Jr., Harvard
Jason Clark, 6-2, G, Sr., Georgetown
Aaron Craft, 6-2, PG, Soph., Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, G, Jr., Saint Mary's
Festus Ezeli, 6-11, C, Sr., Vanderbilt
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, G, Sr., Pittsburgh
Mike Glover, 6-7, F, Sr., Iona
Drew Gordon, 6-9, PF, Sr., New Mexico
Draymond Green, 6-6, PF, Sr., Michigan State
JaMychal Green, 6-8, PF, Sr., Alabama
Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, G, Sr., California
Tim Hardaway 6-5, SG, Jr., Soph., Michigan
Elias Harris, 6-7, F, Jr., Gonzaga
John Henson, 6-11, PF, Jr., North Carolina
Tu Holloway, 6-0, PG, Sr., Xavier
Robbie Hummel, 6-8, F, Sr., Purdue
Joe Jackson, 6-0, PG, Soph., Memphis
Scoop Jardine, 6-2, PG, Sr., Syracuse
John Jenkins, 6-4, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Jones, 6-8, F, Sr., West Virginia
Perry Jones, 6-11, F, Soph., Baylor
Terrence Jones, 6-9, PF, Soph., Kentucky
Ryan Kelly, 6-10, F, Jr., Duke
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, Soph., UConn
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, PG, Soph., North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, PF, Sr., Minnesota
Ray McCallum, 6-3, PG, Soph., Detroit
Rodney McGruder, 6-4, SG, Jr., Kansas State
Doug McDermott, 6-7, F, Soph., Creighton
Shabazz Napier, 6-1, PG, Soph., UConn
Reeves Nelson, 6-7, PF, Jr., UCLA
Andrew Nicholson, 6-10, PF, Sr., St. Bonaventure
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, PF, Jr., Kansas
Terrence Ross, 6-6, SG, Soph., Washington
John Shurna, 6-9, F, Sr., Northwestern
Peyton Siva, 5-11, PG, Jr., Louisville
Josh Smith, 6-9, C, Soph., UCLA
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, PF/C, Soph., Ohio State
Jeffery Taylor, 6-7, SF, Sr., Vanderbilt
Jordan Taylor, 6-1, PG, Sr., Wisconsin
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, PG, Soph., Villanova
Patric Young, 6-9, C, Soph., Florida
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, C, Sr., North Carolina
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