Barton To Play Senior Season With Basketball Vols

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee basketball program welcomed point guard Antonio Barton to Knoxville this week. Barton is enrolled in fall classes at UT and will play for the Volunteers as a senior this season.

 

A native of Baltimore, Md., Barton graduated from the University of Memphis earlier this month, earning his degree in just three years. He had been enrolled at UM since the 2010-11 academic year.

 

NCAA transfer rules allow student-athletes who earn their degree and have remaining eligibility to request a one-time transfer exemption from that institution. If granted, the student-athlete can then transfer to another institution and be eligible to compete the following academic year as long as they enroll in a graduate degree program not offered by the first institution.

 

Barton studied Sport and Leisure Management at Memphis and is enrolled in graduate level Sports Psychology classes at Tennessee.

VIDEO: ANTONIO BARTON COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS - http://1tn.co/1744ABf

 

“We’re excited to have Antonio on board,” Martin said. “He’s a very talented young man. He makes shots, he can make plays at the rim and he can really facilitate the offense. I like the way he defends. I’m ecstatic to welcome him to the program.”

 

In three seasons on the hardwood with the Tigers, Barton appeared in 95 games (31 starts) and averaged 21.4 minutes and 6.9 points per game while shooting .417 from 3-point range.

 

“I’m excited to be a Vol,” the 6-2, 178-pound Barton said. “I look at this situation as a fresh start for me. I think I can bring a lot of experience, leadership and toughness to the table, and I look forward to building a brotherhood with my new teammates.”

 

Barton owns a +1.3 career assist/turnover ratio and has never shot worse than 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in a season. He ranks second on Memphis’ career list for 3-point field-goal percentage (.417).

 

Ironically, two of Barton’s best collegiate performances came against the Vols.

 

At the 2011 Maui Invitational, Barton shot 8-for-11 from the field – including going 4-for-5 from long range – during an impressive 21-point, six-rebound effort. His jumper with 1:14 left in the second overtime proved to be the game-winning basket.

 

Less than two months later, Barton scored 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting – while again making four of five 3-point tries – when the Vols and Tigers met at the FedEx Forum.

 

Barton is not the first men’s basketball player to transfer from Memphis to UT. Guard Scooter McFadgon suited up for the Vols from 2003-05 after playing his first two collegiate seasons with the Tigers.

 

In McFadgon’s two seasons on Rocky Top, he appeared in 54 games (52 starts), averaged 16.0 points, shot .359 from 3-point range and was an All-SEC second-team selection in 2004. That year, he led the team and ranked fourth in the SEC with 17.6 ppg.

 

Barton’s older brother by 11 months, Will Barton, completed his rookie year with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers this past season.

 

In 2008-09, the Bartons led Lake Clifton High School to a 28-0 record and the Maryland 3A state championship. Antonio Barton then attended Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass., as a senior before enrolling at Memphis.

 

For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee basketball program, visit UTsports.com/basketball and follow @Vol_Hoops on Twitter and Instagram.

 


Braves Sign Former Reliever Peter Moylan To Minor League Contract

LAKE BUENA VISTA , Fla. -- Peter Moylan defied the odds when he used his stint on Team Australia's 2006 World Baseball Classic roster to land a spot in Atlanta's bullpen just a few weeks later. But if possible, the veteran reliever is facing greater odds as he attempts to make a long climb back to the Majors. Moylan gained the opportunity on Thursday, when the Braves gave him ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Elite Basketball Tryouts Scheduled For Saturday; Tennessee Xtreme For Girls Is Sunday

Chattanooga Elite boys basketball aau tryouts will be  Saturday  at Tyner High School. 11th grade is from 12-2, 10th grade is from 2-4 and 9th grade is from 4-6 . There is a $5 tryout fee. Tennessee Xtreme Basketball will be having tryouts for girls grades 9-11 on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at GPS. (click for more)

Joe H. Dempsey, 64, Dies On Friday In Crash Attributed To Icy Roads

A 64-year-old man died in a Hixson Pike traffic crash on Friday morning in a wreck that was attributed to icy roads. The collision involving two vehicles was reported this morning at approximately  7:22 a.m.  in the 9100 block of Hixson Pike.   Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office traffic investigator Todd Cook said a Mazda driven by Joe H. Dempsey was traveling ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says Ex-Boyfriend Threatened Her With Sexual Photos, Videos

Magistrate Sharetta Smith told police that a former boyfriend had sent her a threatening text message with a sexual picture from the time they were dating attached. She said Darian Paris told her in the text that he had more pictures and videos. Paris, 38, of Ooltewah, was arrested on a charge of harassment. Ms. Smith also filed for an order of protection against him in ... (click for more)

School Vouchers Are Unfair

A school voucher is a publicly funded credit or certificate whereby a student may be enrolled in a private school and apply the credit to tuition.   So, why should Tennessee taxpayers care? 1.      Vouchers use your money to help pay for a student to go to a private school that answers to private administrators and not you the taxpayer. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s Newest Darling

Minutes after I read a letter on Rebekah Gregory’s Facebook page yesterday, I was mere seconds from summoning the marching band, our prancing elephants, and the flag-bearers so we could rightfully induct this dazzling survivor of the Boston Marathon blast into my personal Hall of Fame. I do that, you know, when I see everyday people display courage, kindness, guts, brilliance, ... (click for more)