Barton Has Impressive Spring

Will Barton's great play started at the first AAU tourney of the year and continued through April and college coaches have taken notice.

Through the first few weekends of the AAU season there haven't been many 2010 prospects that stood out like Will Barton.

The Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy product helped lead the Baltimore Stars to the championship game of the 16's division, then had a big weekend at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest with NCA.

At 6-foot-4, 170-pounds, Barton is multipurpose athlete that is capable of playing a variety of positions. He's equipped with long arms, good instincts and an ability to get to the basket.

"The best part of my game or at least what people tell me is that I'm very versatile," Barton said. "I can play the one, two and actually the three. Coach [Trevor] Brown just tells me to be a stat sheet stuffer."

The past two weekends college coaches were allowed to be at sanctioned events to evaluate and been seen by prospects. Barton said he noticed a bunch of coaches at his games.

"A lot of schools have been paying attention to me, coming to my games and talking to Coach Brown," Barton said. So yeah, it's definitely shot up a lot, especially since last year."

Thus far he's being recruited by Maryland, Georgetown, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, George Washington, George Mason. Despite the early interest, he's not rushing his recruitment.

"It's kind of in the beginning stages," Barton said. "I'm only a sophomore so I haven't really taken any visits yet."

Barton attributes his recent success and the upgrade in recruitment to his off-season training.

"I've been working hard this whole year and the hard work is starting to pay off," he said. "I'm getting in the weight room, getting my overall game together and getting my shot better. I'm playing better defense, just all of the hard work is paying off right now."

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