Incoming Tennessee point guard Antonio Barton is a little over three weeks away from arriving in Knoxville and officially joining the Vols.
In a text message to the News Sentinel on Monday, the senior transfer from Memphis said he will “be done with classes on August 8th,” and “graduate on the 11th.”
“I’ll be there after that,” said Barton, who is taking three online summer courses to complete his degree at Memphis.
Once Barton graduates from Memphis he will be free to transfer to Tennessee and be instantly eligible for the 2013-14 season.
After announcing he was leaving the Tigers, Barton verbally committed to UT on May 26 over scholarship offers from Maryland, Texas A&M and Kansas State.
Barton, a 6-foot-2 guard from Baltimore, averaged 5.6 points and 1.1 assists in 16.7 minutes per game as a junior last year. He missed nine games in the second half of the season due to a hairline fracture in his right foot.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn