Each spring, there are a couple of prospects who see their stock go through the roof. Thanks to his play with Baltimore Elite and at events like the Pangos camp, 6-foot-6 guard Will Barton's stock hasn't just gone up, it's gone nuclear.
An electric scorer off of the bounce, the skinny guard is a surprisingly strong finisher given his lean frame. When he's not attacking the hoop. Barton is comfortable bombing away from deep and even when things aren't going his way, his personality shines through.
"Even when you make mistakes you've got to smile," said Barton. "You never know who is watching and if you have fun out there, then things will go your way."
According to Barton, he's always been able to play at the level he has this spring. It's just been a matter of getting the proper exposure and setting to showcase his talents. Still, he remains hard at work in the gym. When he's not there, you can probably catch him on the horn with a college coaches.
While some kids aren't that big into speaking with coaches, Barton relishes the chance to talk shop with some of college basketball's brightest minds.
"I like talking to coaches," said Barton. "They are offering you a full scholarship to college and I look at it as a blessing. I want to make sure I'm available to them because of that and I'll talk to them anytime they need me."
Not surprisingly, those calls have come from all over. Kansas, Syracuse, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Indiana and several others from across the country have inquired. Also making a major push is John Calipari and his staff at Kentucky.
While he refused to name a leader, Barton did admit that he feels pretty good about Calipari's program.
"I like Kentucky a lot," Barton said. "I'm still wide open, but I like them a lot. I don't know if I'm leaning towards anybody right now, I'm wide open. But, Kentucky is high, high on my list."
For Barton, the attraction to Kentucky is based off of how he feels about Coach Calipari and his system.
"I like Coach Calipari, I think he's a great coach," Barton told the Kentucky Sports Report. "I would fit in his system perfectly because he's got that dribble drive. With me, that would showcase all of my skills. Plus it's one of the top three winning programs of all time and I hear it's a good school too."
Recently rumored to be close to making a college decision, Barton says that he's taking his time. Right now, he's focused on continuing his work in the gym, finishing his junior year strong and continuing to build his profile as one of the top talents in the class of 2010.
"Right now I'm just focusing on AAU and finishing up school," said Barton. "I've got about a week left and I want to finish up strong. Then I've got all of these camps and tournaments so right now college is on the back burner so I can focus."