Antonio Barton’s decision about where he will finish his college basketball will come Sunday afternoon.
Barton, who played his first three seasons at Memphis and opted to leave when fellow point guard Joe Jackson returned for his senior year, texted me Wednesday morning.
But the former Lake Clifton standout wouldn’t say where he was making his decision and gave no indication whether he was choosing Maryland, Tennessee or any other school among what he said a few weeks ago were two dozen suitors.
Will Barton, who just finished his rookie year with the Portland Trailblazers, tweeted Tuesday night that his younger brother would make his decision “after church” Sunday.
It appeared Barton might be headed to Maryland after visiting College Park on May 10. Barton said then that the visit “went tremendous” with Terps coach Mark Turgeon, his players (including godbrother Nick Faust) and members from the athletic department, including athletic director Kevin Anderson.
The decision apparently became more difficult when Tennessee point guard Trae Golden left the team suddenly two weeks ago. Barton had played well against the state-rival Volunteers, particularly as a junior when he averaged 20 points and hit 8 of 10 shots from 3-point range in two games.
Barton visited Knoxville last week, according to a source.
Barton has been in Memphis finishing up an internship that will allow him to graduate in three years with a degree in leisure and sports management, making him eligible to play immediately for another Division I team as long as he finds a school with a graduate program not offered at Memphis.
The Terps are looking to add Barton as an experienced point guard who will allow incoming freshman Roddy Peters time to develop and give Turgeon the flexibility to move both Seth Allen and Faust (City) back to the wing.
Barton's best season was as a freshman, when he averaged 8.2 points and played around 25 minutes a game. He missed a good chunk of his junior year with a foot injury and saw his role reduced last season as Jackson, a Memphis native, emerged as one of the team's stars.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun