Barton Succeeding In New Environment

Will Barton transferred to a new school, but he's still having a big year. The highly regarded junior spoke with about his big year and his recruitment.

It doesn't matter that Will Barton is in a new city, at a new school or that he's playing against different competition. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard is still performing like one of the top prospects in the country.

Barton, a four-star prospect, made the move from Fort Washington to Baltimore to attend Lake Clifton-Eastern. Despite a big sophomore season at National Christian, Barton made the move for family reasons.

"My mom wanted to be back home," Barton said. "She's a single parent and she lived by herself when [me and my brother] were at National Christian. She just wanted us home and she missed us."

Thus far the new environment has been a success. Barton is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds and Lake Clifton is undefeated midway through their season.

"They took me in," Barton said. "I actually kind of knew some of the guys before I went to the school because I'm originally from Baltimore, so I've played basketball with a lot of these guys since I was young. The transition was easy."

"My coach is a players coach," he continued. "He actually went to Syracuse and played overseas and it's really fun to play for him because he's been through all of this already and he was highly recruited when he was in high school so he helps me with that a lot."

Barton and his new coach, Herman Harried, certainly have something in common, as the junior standout is being recruited at a high-level as well.

"It's been off the charts," he added. "It's been crazy. There's been a lot of schools involved."

Among the schools that have shown interest are Memphis, Florida, South Florida, UCF, Maryland, Georgetown, Kentucky, Indiana, Connecticut, Xavier, Miami, Providence, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Tennessee.

According to Barton of all the schools involved only Memphis, Florida, Connecticut and Louisville have yet to offer a scholarship.

"Right now I'm just wide open," he said. "I'm focusing on the season and trying to get this done. Then I'll probably take some visits after the season, maybe during the season, but probably after."

Barton has spent a considerable amount of time contemplating his recruitment already. Despite not having any favorites, he does want the opportunity to play right away.

"I just want to try and get a good feel for a school so I can feel at home," Barton said. "I'm looking for a school that is family orientated, has good academics and where I can come in and make an immediate impact and play from day one."

"I don't want to wait until my junior or senior year to play," he continued. "I want to come in as a freshman and make an impact. I just want someone to show me that he has major plans for me."

Barton is ranked No. 28 overall in the class of 2010 and checks in at No. 8 on the shooting guard list.

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