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Blast from the past: Antonio Barton to UT

Barton Brothers

You guys remember Antonio Barton? If not, let me refresh your memory

Antonio Barton is the brother of Will Barton, current NBA player and former Memphis standout. When Coach Calipari arrived at Kentucky, Will Barton was stil a highly-touted 5-star recruit rumored to be the impending first commitment to join Cal’s 2010 UK recruiting class. However, amidst this recruitment, Calipari took a trip to China – at which point newly-hired Memphis head coach Josh Pastner hosted Will and his brother Antonio for an official visit.

After the visit, the tides suddenly changed and before you knew it, the Barton brothers were committed to play for the Memphis Tigers. The swing happened while Calipari was out of the country, and considering how perfectly Will Barton fit the Coach Cal system, it surely stung a bit to lose him. However, many folks believe Will chose Memphis in part because Pastner was willing to offer his brother Antonio a scholarship as well. That may or may not have been the case at UK too – we will never know.

Antonio was not as highly touted as Will, but that did not stop Antonio from coming into Memphis and being an impact freshman for his team, averaging 8.2 points. However, since that first season, his stats have slowly declined. Antonio has now decided to change schools (to an in-state rival of all places). Antonio Barton will transfer to Tennessee and play immediately. This is huge news for the Vols, who just lost PG Trae Golden (whoa, speaking of blasts from the past) to transfer. Antonio shoots the ball very well from the perimeter (over 40% from three in each of his collegiate seasons) and will be a big help to a depleted UT team.

Article written by Chris Thomas

6 Comments for Blast from the past: Antonio Barton to UT

  1. blue virus
    8:40 pm May 26, 2013 Permalink


  2. Blade
    8:44 pm May 26, 2013 Permalink

    How can he playnow. Has he sat out a year.

  3. Matt Jones
    8:49 pm May 26, 2013 Permalink

    Clue # 2:

    Her bouquet cleaved his hardened… shell. And fondled his muscled heart. He imbided in her glistening spell… just before the other shoe… fell.

  4. maconvolfan
    10:42 pm May 26, 2013 Permalink

    I wouldn’t say the Vols are ‘depleted.’ Only lost McStache and Hall to graduation, and then Golden. Maymon in going to be back which will help, along with a good 5-star SF (Robert Hubbs).

    #2-he can play because he finished his degree in 3 years and is going to UT in a grad program that Memphis doesn’t offer.

  5. Brad
    12:34 am May 27, 2013 Permalink

    This is good news, since Kansas thought they had him.

  6. G
    12:03 pm May 27, 2013 Permalink

    Pastner’s check made it to Barton before Cal’s… that’s the real reason he went to Memphis.