Maryland fans will learn in two days whether or not the Terps will have an addition to their backcourt.
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.
"It's going pretty well," [Booth] said. "The newest one to come on is Memphis, but the steady ones have been Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland and Villanova."
** Northstar Basketball Blog caught up this week with Terps 2014 wing target Jared Nickens.
While at The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest this past weekend, Nickens said he holds offers from Miami, Maryland, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Dayton, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Temple, Providence, Oregon State, and others he could not recall.
"I have been talking with Providence, VCU, Southern California, Miami and Maryland a lot," he said. "This past season I took a visit to VCU. The atmosphere really stood out, the campus is really nice and it is a good spot there in Richmond and I like the coaching staff."
He joins a UNC recruiting class that now includes three of the top 15 players in the nation, according to ESPN.com. In addition to Pinson, the Heels also have commitments from Joel Berry, an Orlando, Fla., point guard who's ranked the 12th-best prospect in the class, and Justin Jackson, a Tomball, Texas, forward who's the No. 14 recruit.