Memphis transfer Antonio Barton completing online courses, due at UT in 'July, close to August'

Memphis guard Antonio Barton (2) is boxed in by Tennessee defenders Wes Washpun, left, and Renaldo Woodridge (3) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis won 69-51.

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Memphis guard Antonio Barton (2) is boxed in by Tennessee defenders Wes Washpun, left, and Renaldo Woodridge (3) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis won 69-51.

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

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johnlg00 writes:

Great opportunity for the young man! If he is the player he can be, he may be part of something special next year. We don't need him to be a super-star, we just need him to follow Kenny Smith's sage observation: "Great decisions beat great talent." If he just takes care of the ball, keeps it moving, shows some defensive presence, and an ability to score when he needs to, he doesn't have to lead any categories to make a tremendous improvement in how the whole team plays.

NoChildLeftaDime writes:

"According to the Tigers basketball website, Barton is majoring in Sport and Leisure Management."

Aren't all Memphis State students?

1vavolfan writes:

Defense and three point shooting, two things UT has needed badly for years. An upgrade from Golden for sure.

xanga writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Great opportunity for the young man! If he is the player he can be, he may be part of something special next year. We don't need him to be a super-star, we just need him to follow Kenny Smith's sage observation: "Great decisions beat great talent." If he just takes care of the ball, keeps it moving, shows some defensive presence, and an ability to score when he needs to, he doesn't have to lead any categories to make a tremendous improvement in how the whole team plays.

I like how you kick it off with "young man". Hardly

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Haven't seen much of Barton so I'll assume defensively it's an upgrade but otherwise he's replacing a career 13 ppg point guard..Trae wasn't an All Sec PG but overall he was a good scorer and when he was not on the court offensively it showed. Iam thrilled we got Barton in such a time of need but despite any defensive shortcomings((which all the guards had plenty of)) during much of Golden's time as a vol he led the team in scoring

RoadTrip writes:

The team will play different without Trae. Antonio has a different handle. He is very accurate with the 3 ball and plays strong D, which Trae was clueless about. Expect Antonio to be a better coordinator of the offense as compared to athlete trying to force the action. They will also be working Thompson into the mix. By mid-February they should be working together as a team very well.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to xanga:

I like how you kick it off with "young man". Hardly

?????

MikeInTN writes:

Coach Martin openly talked about Barton on 104.5 The Zone out of Nashville last week. Is that a NCAA violation since he hasn't officially been accepted at U.T.?

lomas98 writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Defense and three point shooting, two things UT has needed badly for years. An upgrade from Golden for sure.

Jury is out if he is an upgrade over golden. Golden at least played well against sec competition. Memphis gets blasted for not playing tough competition, especially in their conference. Golden was bashed last year, then he got injured and we wished he was back on the court. He was a very serviceable sec player for us.

I will say this.......Barton is definitely an upgrade over what we had after golden and Landry left. Lopez is not an sec player and McRae cannot run the point and score. I'm sure that lack of a player led Barton to commit here in the first place. Perhaps he can do things better than golden from just running the offense and defense, but trae still had his moments and was a clutch free throw shooter. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing what this team looks like.

1vavolfan writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

The team will play different without Trae. Antonio has a different handle. He is very accurate with the 3 ball and plays strong D, which Trae was clueless about. Expect Antonio to be a better coordinator of the offense as compared to athlete trying to force the action. They will also be working Thompson into the mix. By mid-February they should be working together as a team very well.

With Maymon back, Hubbs coming in, and McRae and Stokes coming back, scoring will not be an issue. Golden's lack of defense was a problem for 3 years, Pearl hardly played him his Freshman year and he was put on the bench for part of last season. He may have averaged 13 ppg but he was responsible for giving up 20+ on the defensive side.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

With Maymon back, Hubbs coming in, and McRae and Stokes coming back, scoring will not be an issue. Golden's lack of defense was a problem for 3 years, Pearl hardly played him his Freshman year and he was put on the bench for part of last season. He may have averaged 13 ppg but he was responsible for giving up 20+ on the defensive side.

I was very critical of Golden while he was here when he seemed to be on one game and off the next. I want to believe it was his injuries. That said when he was on no one did well against us.

We will do better this year if for no other reasons than Maymon's energy on the floor, Hubbs appearance, and higher rated players throughout.
I don't no that the players coming in are better than the ones we have but I think the competition to play can't help but make us better.
Mainly we'll be better because of the defense at point. Like you said. I also hope to see some form of zone IF it comes to it. But not if our full court press works.hehe

utchuckster writes:

in response to xanga:

I like how you kick it off with "young man". Hardly

what else would you call him, if not young man. I don't get it.

ETNTigerFan writes:

He'll be a good fit for UT. A real scoring threat and solid defender. Best of luck AB!

bUTch_please writes:

in response to xanga:

I like how you kick it off with "young man". Hardly

Josh??? That you?

Listen, I know your pizzed that no one listened to your whiney little "me too" tirade about never playing your Big Brother in bball "not while I'm the coach". How rich.

I'm sure you're not happy that Coach Zo is rolling up in your back yard to pick off recruits who used to dream about playing at Memphis State Commuter Campus.

Now this, a young man wants to give himself the "best chance" to play on "a team that can get more done" AND IT AIN'T YOU, BABY!

Seriously, relax. You got a big fat raise and extension. Just doesn't come with any respect. Enjoy your new conference, what is it now? Big Least? ACC? AFL? CIO? whatever.

FanNotSheep writes:

High hopes for BasketVols again! This team needs to come together quickly to ensure a high NCAA Tournament seed. The pieces are there and it's up to Martin to put them all in place and it's up to the players to learn each other and build team chemistry.

Should be an exciting season. Need to get the most out of it because we will lose a lot after it's over.

Original_Witch_Doctor writes:

Witch Doctor says it is going to be a great year. VOL Nation ready to support this team.
Bones never lie.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to Original_Witch_Doctor:

Witch Doctor says it is going to be a great year. VOL Nation ready to support this team.
Bones never lie.

Vol Nation needs a deep postseason run like a man lost in the desert needs a trail of bottled water to follow to town. Martin has a heck of an opportunity in 2013-14 and he really, really needs to capitalize.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Original_Witch_Doctor:

Witch Doctor says it is going to be a great year. VOL Nation ready to support this team.
Bones never lie.

Witch Doctor say how does it feel to be so inferior a person you cant even post without copying the one and only me?
Bones never lie.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say how does it feel to be so inferior a person you cant even post without copying the one and only me?
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors 2010 vs O_W_D since April 2013. Case closed on who is the real deal here.....we had this problem a while back with a chomper fan adding a Z to distinguish. We caught on to him and we have caught on to this imposter of un-creativity.

On topic, If Barton gets in we will have another weapon in the arsenal that will have to be respected.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Witch_Doctors 2010 vs O_W_D since April 2013. Case closed on who is the real deal here.....we had this problem a while back with a chomper fan adding a Z to distinguish. We caught on to him and we have caught on to this imposter of un-creativity.

On topic, If Barton gets in we will have another weapon in the arsenal that will have to be respected.

Witch Doctor says thx. Witch Doctor not seen Z on here in awhile? Witch Doctor know his mean streak(lol) cant stay away long.
Bones never lie.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor says thx. Witch Doctor not seen Z on here in awhile? Witch Doctor know his mean streak(lol) cant stay away long.
Bones never lie.

W_D is resurrection of W D that transgressed KNS moral code (whatever that may be). He's as old as dirt. Impostor is merely dirt.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Dave Hart should inform Memphis right now that there had better be no "unforeseen problems" related to Barton's graduation, if the Tigers want to have any prayer of continuing to play Tennessee in any sports.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

Josh??? That you?

Listen, I know your pizzed that no one listened to your whiney little "me too" tirade about never playing your Big Brother in bball "not while I'm the coach". How rich.

I'm sure you're not happy that Coach Zo is rolling up in your back yard to pick off recruits who used to dream about playing at Memphis State Commuter Campus.

Now this, a young man wants to give himself the "best chance" to play on "a team that can get more done" AND IT AIN'T YOU, BABY!

Seriously, relax. You got a big fat raise and extension. Just doesn't come with any respect. Enjoy your new conference, what is it now? Big Least? ACC? AFL? CIO? whatever.

We now know that AB Was never going to see the floor in Memphis again except in mop up duty.
Memphis replaced AB with Michael Dixon....a transfer guard from Missouri.
http://espn.go.com/ncb/conversations/...

In the comments section...a poster noted that Dixon said he would play at Memphis in MARCH of this year for the 2013/14 season.
As good as AB is/was, he isn't better than Dixon. Adding Dixon to our guard rotation.....gives us one of the best backcourts in the country....if not the deepest.

While I like AB personally....it is another example of UT making do with the University of Memphis leftovers.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Dave Hart should inform Memphis right now that there had better be no "unforeseen problems" related to Barton's graduation, if the Tigers want to have any prayer of continuing to play Tennessee in any sports.

or the Vols will do what? Whine?? LOL!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

We now know that AB Was never going to see the floor in Memphis again except in mop up duty.
Memphis replaced AB with Michael Dixon....a transfer guard from Missouri.
http://espn.go.com/ncb/conversations/...

In the comments section...a poster noted that Dixon said he would play at Memphis in MARCH of this year for the 2013/14 season.
As good as AB is/was, he isn't better than Dixon. Adding Dixon to our guard rotation.....gives us one of the best backcourts in the country....if not the deepest.

While I like AB personally....it is another example of UT making do with the University of Memphis leftovers.

LOL Our "leftovers" always seem to beat your highest rated teams. We actually did well against you last year when you should have stomped our butts!

That said congrats on your replacement. He may be better than Barton but I suspect we need Barton more than you need Dixon.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

We now know that AB Was never going to see the floor in Memphis again except in mop up duty.
Memphis replaced AB with Michael Dixon....a transfer guard from Missouri.
http://espn.go.com/ncb/conversations/...

In the comments section...a poster noted that Dixon said he would play at Memphis in MARCH of this year for the 2013/14 season.
As good as AB is/was, he isn't better than Dixon. Adding Dixon to our guard rotation.....gives us one of the best backcourts in the country....if not the deepest.

While I like AB personally....it is another example of UT making do with the University of Memphis leftovers.

Lots of pretty decent players get caught in numbers games where they are and look for someplace where they have a better chance to play. UT doesn't need Barton to be a star, just a reliable ball-handler, defender, and opportunistic scorer. He won't need to produce big stats to be a big help. He's only at UT for a year, so he will mostly be a stop-gap until either Martin signs a really good PG or somebody on the squad or already coming in grabs the job. In any case, some of the very best meals are made up of left-overs(;-D)!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

or the Vols will do what? Whine?? LOL!

You know We didn't "whine" when Memphis had to forfeit all those games. Come to think of it you didn't forfeit many to UT 'cause we had already won most. whine whine

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

LOL Our "leftovers" always seem to beat your highest rated teams. We actually did well against you last year when you should have stomped our butts!

That said congrats on your replacement. He may be better than Barton but I suspect we need Barton more than you need Dixon.

Sorry, was replying to a rather obnoxious sort.
I get a little testy sometimes when defending my team.
Barton will be very good for UT. He had explored the getting closer to home avenue to be closer to his daughter in Baltimore....and Coach Pastner had a replacement already signed (freshman guard 'Pookie Powell') before this fell into our laps. (The same situation occured when Tarik Black who transferred to Kansas...we signed Pellom from George Washington, and got former Baylor signee Dominic Woodson).
In both instances...we accepted transfer players who were better than the players they replaced.
I REALLY like AB. He is a good kid...stayed out of trouble...won some critical ball games for us early in his career. (3 point shots at the end of the game to win it no less). With the talent we had coming in...he just wasn't going to see much playing time.
He was signed in a package deal, we wanted Will Barton...and Kentucky (who was recruiting him at the time) wouldn't go for the package deal.

This year's 2013/14 Tigers will be Josh's deepest team that he has ever had at Memphis. Talent wise....THE most talented team to suit up at Memphis (and yes that includes the Calipari years).

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

You know We didn't "whine" when Memphis had to forfeit all those games. Come to think of it you didn't forfeit many to UT 'cause we had already won most. whine whine

UT wouldn't play Memphis when Dana Kirk was coaching. Wouldn't schedule us even. You only started seriously playing us when Larry Finch's health started getting bad...and Memphis' recruiting went to pot.
Who has won the last 3 games of the series?
Who will eventually PASS UT if Zo keeps coaching the Vols??
Your move.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

LOL Our "leftovers" always seem to beat your highest rated teams. We actually did well against you last year when you should have stomped our butts!

That said congrats on your replacement. He may be better than Barton but I suspect we need Barton more than you need Dixon.

couple of players dinged up here and there.
DJ Stephens...our most athletic player played with a seperated shoulder and knee problems the entire year. (Not that you would have noticed the way he threw his body around.)
Memphis has added to its strengths...and completely erased its weaknesses for nest season.
We have depth in the frontcourt AND backcourts for the first time since Coach Pastner has been at Memphis.
Last year our frontcourt consisted of Stephens,Black, and Shaq.
Black and Shaq stayed in foul trouble most of the season....and we had no other bigs who could come in and give us good minutes...or do the basics like rebound or score.
We lost Black...added Dominic Woodson, and David Pellom. We also add freshmen Austin Nichols, Kuran Iverson, and Nick King to the forward spots.
Pastner plans to press this year with the depth we have...'Arkansas' 40 Minutes of Hell' style.
We have KU/UK type talent this season....we'll be a load for anyone to play this season.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

^next season even

thebadsamaritan writes:

in response to NoChildLeftaDime:

"According to the Tigers basketball website, Barton is majoring in Sport and Leisure Management."

Aren't all Memphis State students?

...says the Blount College fan.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I always pull for our state schools and Memphis is almost in Tennessee. Close anyhow.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

UT wouldn't play Memphis when Dana Kirk was coaching. Wouldn't schedule us even. You only started seriously playing us when Larry Finch's health started getting bad...and Memphis' recruiting went to pot.
Who has won the last 3 games of the series?
Who will eventually PASS UT if Zo keeps coaching the Vols??
Your move.

Really? You're comparing coaches. You DO get coaches who recruit well I'll admit. Martin has done ok. We're looking as good as most SEC teams this next year. hehe Thanks to Memphis and ABarton.
It was a bigger question before Barton. It's still a question as for as the bigs. We need one to take some heat off of Stokes. We're hoping Maymon can do that even at less than 100%.

You seem to be bball knowledgeable so I won't bore you with team info like you did to half of Knoxville.hehe jk

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

Pastner had more to overcome than Coach Zo though.
Calipari tried to nuke our program out the door.
What we had returning as players in Josh's first season was the least amount of talent that we have had at Memphis since 2004.
Add to the fact that he is still just getting his feet wet...Zo has been an experienced coach for awhile now.
UT's athletic budget seriously overshadows ours....you folks should be recruiting off the hook. Don't yall still have pull in Atlanta??

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

Pastner had more to overcome than Coach Zo though.
Calipari tried to nuke our program out the door.
What we had returning as players in Josh's first season was the least amount of talent that we have had at Memphis since 2004.
Add to the fact that he is still just getting his feet wet...Zo has been an experienced coach for awhile now.
UT's athletic budget seriously overshadows ours....you folks should be recruiting off the hook. Don't yall still have pull in Atlanta??

Yeh Cal left you high and dry with only the best recruiting ground in the state. Pastner has had some excellent recruits from the Memphis area even before thie last two years.
However it takes as much effort to coach talent as it does just average talent. Pastner's young and learning I hope for your sake.

You're right about Martin's experience at Missouri State or whatever it was. He actually coached a great game against UT back then as you probably know.

But his time coaching is not that much more than Pastner. He did the NBA gig first.

Our budget just gets us into trouble dealing with higher ups. But I guess it's better to have UT's than UTC's. Just think though if you'd had a better budget you'd still have Calimari.

Atlanta? Only if you include half of North Georgia.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

We actually offered Calipari MUCH more than Kentucky did.
I forget the total amount....but it would have been something close to $60 million...and he would have had a cushy Fed Ex VP job when he decided to retire.
He left Memphis because the NCAA was coming. In Cal's last year at Memphis...AD RC Johnson received a letter from the NCAA about Rose, and Rose's brother flying on chartered flights for free.
According to the NCAA...just his brother riding the plane without paying was enough to make Derrick Rose ineligible.
Cal managed to get RC to sit on the letter without leaking it to the media. (The thinking is that Cal and RC would face the NCAA together alone.)
Some of our friends in Arizona leaked it out to us that Cal had sent out feelers to Arizona looking into their job during this time.
It later came out that before Memphis lost to Missouri in the Sweet 16, that Cal had visited with UK officials and accepted the job.
After the game...he flew home with the team...and faced Memphis tv cameras and said "Memphis is where I want to be." (You can google that on Youtube)
All the while he was "agonizingly deciding whether he wanted to go to UK or stay", he and his assistants were calling the Memphis recruits and telling them that they were headed to UK.
Memphis fans later discover that the recruits who had signed had a 'out-clause' in their LOI (since removed by the NCAA).
You already know how Josh got the job...he was on his way out the door with his stuff to join Calipari when RC gave him the job.
Since he had already called recruits and told them to go with the staff to UK, he couldn't very well go back and ask them to stay at Memphis.

Despite Memphis being a fertile recruiting ground, the ONLY thing Josh had when he started was Memphis' good name.
Calipari had taken everything else.
Even a sno-cone machine that had been donated to the Memphis athletic dept for Cal's basketball camps.
(He later had to reimburse the UofM for taking it.)
If RC Johnson had leaked that information, no way would Cal be at UK. Much more likely he would still be at Memphis if they had decided not to fire him.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

That is why Memphis fans say that it isn't THAT John Calipari left, it is HOW he left that bothers us.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Is he gone now? shhh

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

no

mocsandvolsfan writes:

lol

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