Posted on: June 5, 2009 11:11 pm
Memphis has endured a lot of negative headlines over the past week.
But now it's time for a positive one.
Because the Tigers just committed a consensus top 10 prospect.
"Me and my brother are ecstatic," Will Barton told CBSSports.com by phone on Friday night, not long after he and his brother, Antonio Barton, committed to first-year coach Josh Pastner during an unofficial visit for an Elite Camp. "We have a strong relationship with Coach Pastner and Coach Cyp (assistant Glynn Cyprien). It just feels like a family atmosphere down here."
Will Barton is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Baltimore.
Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2010.
Antonio Barton is a 6-2 combo guard from Baltimore.
He is unranked on the national level but considered a solid mid-major prospect.
At least a dozen other schools were pursuing Will Barton -- among them Syracuse, Maryland and Kentucky.
"I think it came down to Memphis working the angle of taking both brothers," said Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "Kentucky was probably second (in the race), but I think they only wanted to take Will and Memphis wanted to take them both."