Barton Brothers Make Commitment

Will and Antonio Barton have made verbal commitments. The Barton brothers made their decision while at an Elite camp.

Josh Pastner and Memphis scored a huge coup late Friday evening.

The first year head coach picked verbal commitments from Top 10 prospect Will Barton and his brother Antonio Barton during Memphis' Elite Camp.

"I'm ecstatic and I'm just happy to get it over with," Will told Scout.com. "It was a family decision and we just liked the atmosphere down here. It's a great school and great family atmosphere and we just felt the love and support down here."

"It's a great feeling." Antonio said. "I'm just happy about the situation and I felt like this was the place for me and my brother and my family to be at."

Will, a 6-foot-6 wing, and Antonio, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, had a host of schools trailing the two. Will, the older of the two, had Kentucky and Xavier on him strong, while Antonio was also looking at Miami among others.

"Me and coach [Josh] Pastner have a great relationship," Will said. "He was recruiting me when he was an assistant at Memphis. Me and coach Pastner and Antonio we all have a great relationship."

"He's been working us pretty hard and staying up on us," Antonio added. "He and coach [Glenn] Cyprien and the rest of the coaching staff, we just built a relationship and we are like a family. That's why we decided to come to Memphis."

The two brothers had a variety of different college interest, and Will said they thought about going to different schools, but playing together was what they decided on.

"We were going to go with whichever was the best situation for us," he said. "If us going to separate schools was the best situation then we were going to do that. But us staying together was a good situation and we've been successful doing that all of our lives."

The Barton brothers are Memphis' first commitments of the 2009 class. Will is ranked No. 10 overall and checks in as a five-star prospect.


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