Antonio Barton picks Tennessee over Maryland

May 26, 2013 | WNST Staff

Former University of Memphis PG Antonio Barton will not spend his final year of eligibility with the Maryland Terrapins.

Instead, Barton will spend next season with the Tennessee Volunteers, as was announced Sunday by his brother Will Barton-now with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers.

Both Bartons hail from Baltimore (Lake Clifton). The proximity to home was thought to be key in the decision making process for the guard who spent the last three seasons playing for the Tigers. Barton ultimately chose Tennessee over the Terps, Kansas State and Texas A&M.

Barton would have been a significant immediate addition as he is eligible to play this fall because he is graduating this year from Memphis. Logan Aronhalt made a similar move last year in his switch from Albany to College Park.

Without adding any other potential transfers, Mark Turgeon’s team will be thin at the point guard position next season. Pe’Shon Howard decided to transfer after the 2012-2013 season, he has visited USC but has not committed anywhere of yet. Rising sophomore Seth Allen will be a point guard option for Maryland, as will incoming freshman Roddy Peters (Suitland) although both are more combo guards than true point guards.

Rising junior Nick Faust also saw some time at point guard last season but was clearly frustrated by the position move and the results were mostly shaky. Rising junior Dez Wells also handled some possessions at point guard with mixed results.

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