Barton on Louisville's radar

Will Barton showed up at the Boo Williams Invitational ready to play, and it showed as he used the event to put his game on full display.

No one made a louder statement at Boo Williams than Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton standout Will Barton.

Playing with Nike Baltimore Elite, Barton, a 6-foot-6 versatile wing, flat out dismantled any defender that stepped his way. Whether it was scoring off the bounce, attacking the rim or pushing the break and tossing out assists, Barton got it done.

"I just wanted to get after it," Barton said of his play this weekend. "In the first half I had a pretty good half, and we were winning and I just wanted to turn it up and help my team get the W."

His most impressive outing came on Saturday against Louisiana Select, where he went for 30 points. The first half he went to work by making plays at the rim, in the second he buried three after three on his way to five three-pointers.


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"I knew I was capable of playing that well," Barton told Scout.com. "It just comes from hard work and staying in the gym and being a gym rat and working on every aspect of my game."

Throughout the weekend Barton spent time on and off the ball for Baltimore Elite. At his size, he's a versatile guy that handles the ball extremely well, has no problem getting to the basket and finishes once he's there. He's also equipped with a deadly jumper.

"I think I pretty much was one of the better players on the court," Barton said. "I was rebounding and playing defense, getting assists, scoring, getting to the basket and I was hitting my jump shots. I was just playing hard and trying to be a leader out there."

Currently rated No. 30 overall by Scout.com, Barton will certainly see his stock rise, not only in the rankings, but also among college coaches. Keep in mind that this is the same guy led his high school to an undefeated season and a state championship.

During Lake Clifton's magical run Barton averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game. To go with his impressive averages, he was named the All-Metro Player of the Year.

"It was one of the best feelings I've ever had in my life," Barton said. "Going 28-0 and finishing season undefeated and being player of the year and winning the state championship was icing on the cake."

College coaches are taking notice of Barton as well. Upon hearing about his impressive display this weekend, Jeff Capel and Tom Crean put in calls to Barton shortly after the event.

But they certainly aren't the only coaches trying to get their school in the mix. Barton said he's got a good feel for Arizona, Kentucky, Memphis, Louisville, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland, but is in no rush to decide.

"The recruiting process is crazy right now," he said. "A lot of schools are calling and I'm trying to pick the best schools for me and make a commitment, but right now I'm trying to focus on what is the right situation for me."

"Right now I'm wide open," he added. "There are a couple of schools that actually call on the regular basis and I'm trying to get a feel for the schools and see who is recruiting me hard and who is keeping up with me."

Visits appear to be the next step in the recruiting process for Barton. He's yet to visit a campus, but plans to break down his list in the spring and set off for a few visits during the spring and summer.

"I don't really have a timetable," Barton said. "I'm just going to enjoy the ride and when it happens it happens. I'm just going to go on how I feel."

"I'm having fun with it," he said. "It's a blessing to have schools offer you a full ride scholarship to their school just to play basketball. It's a great opportunity to go to a school for free. I love it."


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