Elliot Williams

Waiting fuels motivation for Will Barton

Waiting fuels motivation for Will Barton

Surrounded by family and friends at his mother's East Baltimore home last Thursday, Will Barton became increasingly confused.

It was the end of the first round of the NBA Draft and his name had yet to be called. It didn't make sense, he thought. After all, he'd been told he was a lock to go within the first 30 picks.

"I was definitely going to get my name called in the first round," said Barton, who was ultimately taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 40th overall selection. "So I was just kind of disappointed and puzzled."

It was a surprising turn of events...