Posted on: August 20, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 7:42 pm
The NCAA has reversed a decision to rule Will Barton academically ineligible and opted to allow the standout freshman to play for Memphis this season, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Friday.
An official announcement from the school is expected soon.
Barton was ruled academically ineligible earlier this month because of questions about his academic background, and, at the time, the Memphis staff doubted an appeal would work. Barton responded by exploring professional options. But those options are now no longer needed because the 6-foot-6 wing has been cleared to join McDonald's All-American Joe Jackson in the Memphis backcourt, meaning Josh Pastner will enter the season with the stars of his recruiting class in uniform.
MaxPreps.com ranked Barton 10th nationally in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: August 4, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 8:12 am
Memphis officials learned Wednesday that the NCAA has ruled Will Barton ineligible to play as a freshman because of inconsistencies and issues regarding his academic background, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com.
Barton can appeal the ruling.
But the source described the appeal as a "longshot."
Another source told CBSSports.com the appeal has "no shot" because there are multiple academic issues facing Barton, the most heralded signee of the Tigers' celebrated recruiting class who attended three different high schools before spending a final prep year at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
Barton hinted at bad news Wednesday night via his Twitter account.
"It don't get no worse than this," Barton Tweeted. "The hardest thing I ever had 2 face is here. Need vision cuz everything blurry now. Where do I go from here?"
The development is a massive blow to the Tigers and second-year coach Josh Pastner. MaxPreps.com ranked Barton 10th nationally in the Class of 2010, and Pastner had suggested to CBSSports.com in recent months that he expected the 6-foot-5 wing to be his leading scorer. What's next for Barton is unclear, provided the appeal is denied. He could immediately pursue a professional career, or remain at Memphis and try to earn eligibility for the 2011-12 season.
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."