Tennessee basketball’s offseason workouts are well underway and newcomers Robert Hubbs III, A.J. Davis, Darius Thompson and Rawane Ndiaye are enrolled and in the fold.
While they’re starting the grind, the Vols’ fifth incoming arrival, Memphis transfer Antonio Barton, is finishing a degree.
Barton confirmed to the News Sentinel on Tuesday that he’s currently working to complete three online courses toward his degree at Memphis. Once those obligations are fulfilled, Barton will be free to enroll at Tennessee and join his new team.
In a text message to the News Sentinel, Barton said he will be done at Memphis in “July, close to August.”
As a graduate transfer, Barton is instantly eligible to play for the Vols in 2013-14. He verbally committed to UT on May 26 over scholarship offers from Maryland, Texas A&M and Kansas State.
Memphis announced in April that Barton was on track to graduate this summer.
According to the Tigers basketball website, Barton is majoring in Sport and Leisure Management.
In addition to the online courses, Barton said he’s participating in an internship, which also will be completed in July.
Tennessee cannot confirm or comment on Barton until he completes his degree and officially enrolls at UT.
Barton 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.
The Baltimore native is projected as the starting point guard next season, his prowess being defense and 3-point shooting.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn