Hoosiers in the mix for 2010 five-star Barton

  • 05/07/2009 7:20 am in

The list of suitors for 2010 Baltimore wing Will Barton is filled with some of the elite programs in college basketball.

The 6-6 Barton, a five-star recruit on both Rivals and Scout, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists this past season at Lake Clifton en route to a 28-0 record and a state championship.

And the Indiana staff has taken notice.

“Indiana is doing a great job,” Barton told Inside the Hall. “They’re recruiting very hard, which is what I want.”

“What makes it very good for them is that I’m not just hearing from assistant coaches. I’m hearing from Tom Crean himself, the head coach. I love that. He’s a great guy, everybody knows he’s a great coach. He’s honest and up front with me. They check up on me when they can and they just want to let me know they are here for me.”

Despite recent speculation that he is close to making a decision, Barton is taking his time and enjoying the recruiting process.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “Elite programs are calling. But it’s exciting. I never take it for granted it and I love it.”

Besides Indiana, Barton is hearing from a list of schools that includes Arizona, Kentucky, Memphis, Louisville, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland. And although his summer will be packed with AAU and camps, he hopes to take some visits when his schedule allows.

“There’s definitely a chance I would go see Bloomington,” Barton said. “I just gotta sit down with my mom and we’ve got to come up with some dates because it’s so hard with playing AAU and school’s not over yet. I’m just trying to figure all of that out and put something together for my visits.”

+ Quotable, Will Barton on the history of IU basketball: “I know Indiana is one of the top five greatest schools as far as basketball programs in the history of college basketball, if not one. I know they have national championships. Win a lot of Big Ten titles. Been to the elite eight and Final Four a bunch of times.”

(Photo credit: Baltimore Sun)

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  • Huna

    I pray Crean saw something in Williams to offer a scholarship. IU has sucked since 2002 – amazing the fans are still hopeful.

    IU's return to prominence requires at least two of the top 10 players from 2010 – Ferguson, Irving, or Barton. Ohio St and UK are loaded – makes for awesome fanfare for a couple of years with these matchups. Come on, no campus compares to IU and their families can easily come and watch them play.

    Hulls is the next Bobby Hurley and will lead us to a championship – he is a perennial winner!

  • Huna

    I pray Crean saw something in Williams to offer a scholarship. IU has sucked since 2002 – amazing the fans are still hopeful.

    IU's return to prominence requires at least two of the top 10 players from 2010 – Ferguson, Irving, or Barton. Ohio St and UK are loaded – makes for awesome fanfare for a couple of years with these matchups. Come on, no campus compares to IU and their families can easily come and watch them play.

    Hulls is the next Bobby Hurley and will lead us to a championship – he is a perennial winner!

  • Diesel

    Kelin – surprised you're not all over the D Davis offer from Xavier. I haven't seen him play.

    I did get to watch Spencer Turner at the IBCA top 100 and I will say I was not all that impressed with his game. He's got a quick release and is deadly from deep, but other than that reminds me a bit too much of Matt Roth. His game seemed very limited beyond that. He had difficulty rebounding and playing defense which would make him a liability on the court. Always nice to have shooters though. He did have good court vision and passing skills as well, smart player, just a little slow of foot and limited offensively. Let's hope he develops some more.

  • Diesel

    Kelin – surprised you're not all over the D Davis offer from Xavier. I haven't seen him play.

    I did get to watch Spencer Turner at the IBCA top 100 and I will say I was not all that impressed with his game. He's got a quick release and is deadly from deep, but other than that reminds me a bit too much of Matt Roth. His game seemed very limited beyond that. He had difficulty rebounding and playing defense which would make him a liability on the court. Always nice to have shooters though. He did have good court vision and passing skills as well, smart player, just a little slow of foot and limited offensively. Let's hope he develops some more.

  • Diesel

    Kelin – surprised you're not all over the D Davis offer from Xavier. I haven't seen him play.

    I did get to watch Spencer Turner at the IBCA top 100 and I will say I was not all that impressed with his game. He's got a quick release and is deadly from deep, but other than that reminds me a bit too much of Matt Roth. His game seemed very limited beyond that. He had difficulty rebounding and playing defense which would make him a liability on the court. Always nice to have shooters though. He did have good court vision and passing skills as well, smart player, just a little slow of foot and limited offensively. Let's hope he develops some more.

  • Kelin Blab

    Diesel-
    I saw that but really didn't want to talk about it. I would be more alarmed if Sean Miller was there still, he is a helluva coach/recruiter. My ultimate D.Davis hope is……this teague and Irving deal plays out, we get ONE of them, then D.Davis becomes our next PG target.

    As far as Spencer Turner, a good player, young, and I agree. What you saw was his flaw….with South (hulls, davis, etc.) the kid is a stud within that system……outside of south is where he will have to prove he can compete on that level. He has the right model to follow which is hulls, just has to work at it the same way.

    D.Davis, if you are on this site….bro….just wait this thing out, when Crean offers accept immediately. I personally would make you a top priority in your class and after Irving but that is just me….

  • Kelin Blab

    Diesel-
    I saw that but really didn't want to talk about it. I would be more alarmed if Sean Miller was there still, he is a helluva coach/recruiter. My ultimate D.Davis hope is……this teague and Irving deal plays out, we get ONE of them, then D.Davis becomes our next PG target.

    As far as Spencer Turner, a good player, young, and I agree. What you saw was his flaw….with South (hulls, davis, etc.) the kid is a stud within that system……outside of south is where he will have to prove he can compete on that level. He has the right model to follow which is hulls, just has to work at it the same way.

    D.Davis, if you are on this site….bro….just wait this thing out, when Crean offers accept immediately. I personally would make you a top priority in your class and after Irving but that is just me….

  • Kelin Blab

    Diesel-
    I saw that but really didn't want to talk about it. I would be more alarmed if Sean Miller was there still, he is a helluva coach/recruiter. My ultimate D.Davis hope is……this teague and Irving deal plays out, we get ONE of them, then D.Davis becomes our next PG target.

    As far as Spencer Turner, a good player, young, and I agree. What you saw was his flaw….with South (hulls, davis, etc.) the kid is a stud within that system……outside of south is where he will have to prove he can compete on that level. He has the right model to follow which is hulls, just has to work at it the same way.

    D.Davis, if you are on this site….bro….just wait this thing out, when Crean offers accept immediately. I personally would make you a top priority in your class and after Irving but that is just me….

  • George

    Who was here on the recruiting visit this weekend?…the one eluded to on twitter

  • George

    Who was here on the recruiting visit this weekend?…the one eluded to on twitter

  • George

    Who was here on the recruiting visit this weekend?…the one eluded to on twitter

  • Both Ron Patterson and Austin Etherington visited over the weekend.

  • Both Ron Patterson and Austin Etherington visited over the weekend.

  • Both Ron Patterson and Austin Etherington visited over the weekend.

  • Kelin Blab

    Patterson is the guy to get. He is a player….athletic, scorer, good guard size, long, and quick

  • Kelin Blab

    Patterson is the guy to get. He is a player….athletic, scorer, good guard size, long, and quick

  • Kelin Blab

    Patterson is the guy to get. He is a player….athletic, scorer, good guard size, long, and quick

  • George

    Thanks…a couple of solid Indiana kids. I see Patterson (2012) already has an IU offer.

  • George

    Thanks…a couple of solid Indiana kids. I see Patterson (2012) already has an IU offer.

  • George

    Thanks…a couple of solid Indiana kids. I see Patterson (2012) already has an IU offer.

  • Both Ron Patterson and Austin Etherington visited over the weekend.

  • Kelin Blab

    Patterson is the guy to get. He is a player….athletic, scorer, good guard size, long, and quick

  • George

    Thanks…a couple of solid Indiana kids. I see Patterson (2012) already has an IU offer.