HoopsHype Will Barton rumors

June 26, 2012 Updates
June 25, 2012 Updates

I continue to hear that it's possible that Cleveland (Nos. 4 and 24 in the first round and Nos. 33 and 34 in the second round) will move up to take Charlotte's No. 2 spot in order to land Beal. Utah has no first-round picks and had been attempting to land one in order to select Weber State point guard Damian Lillard, according to sources, but it's not known if Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor has made any progress. Milwaukee (No. 12) has considered trading back, and would take a long look at Barton if it did. SI.com

June 20, 2012 Updates
June 19, 2012 Updates

The Nuggets welcomed four other draft prospects to the Pepsi Center on Monday, including 6-foot-9 forward Andrew Nicholson, a possible first-round pick from St. Bonaventure who averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season. Iowa State's Royce White rescheduled his Denver workout for next week, so the Nuggets brought in Colorado forward Austin Dufault to create three-on-three competition. Also in Denver were 6-6 guards Will Barton of Memphis and Kevin Murphy of Tennessee Tech. Denver Post

June 18, 2012 Updates

With the 2012 NBA Draft approaching, the Denver Nuggets evaluated six college prospects at Pepsi Center on Monday. Among the group was University of Colorado power forward Austin Dufault, a four-year starter who played in a school-record 136 games. It was Dufault’s first NBA workout. “It’s awesome (to be here in Denver),” Dufault said. “Over the last four years, I’ve turned into a Nuggets fan because they’ve been down the road (from Boulder). I’ve been to a couple of games and I’m familiar with their coaching staff. Just being able to come here and work out is a blessing and it’s an opportunity that I’m very thankful for.” Dufault was joined by Memphis guard Will Barton, Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy, St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson, Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor and Kentucky guard Marquis Teague. NBA.com

June 17, 2012 Updates

The upcoming NBA draft is light on international prospects, but that could be good news for French shooting guard Evan Fournier. The 19 -year-old, one of the top European players in the draft, is trying to show he is worthy of being a first-round selection June 28. He made a stop at the Cousins Center on Saturday to take part in a four-guard Milwaukee Bucks workout that also featured Memphis' Will Barton, Temple's Ramone Moore and Long Beach State's Larry Anderson. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 16, 2012 Updates

The Bucks will get a better handle on Fournier and Barton on Saturday. That’s when Fournier and Barton will work out the Cousins Center in front of a battery of Bucks officials. Racine Journal-Times

When the Milwaukee Bucks officials conducted an extensive interview with Will Barton at last week’s NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago, they may have revealed one of their goals heading into the June 28 draft. “They told me they could use a big guard like me,” Barton said. “We’ll see what happens.” Racine Journal-Times

June 15, 2012 Updates
June 12, 2012 Updates

The Grizzlies will be the seventh team the 6-6, 175-pound (Will) Barton has worked out for. Conference USA's Player of the Year as a sophomore last season, Barton, who led Memphis in scoring (18 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg), has also worked out for Boston, Miami, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and Chicago. Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 4, 2012 Updates
June 2, 2012 Updates

Memphis swingman Will Barton is the most intriguing name among the latest list of draft prospects scheduled to visit the Warriors' downtown Oakland facility. Just ask him. "I feel like I'm the best wing in the draft, the best shooting guard in the draft," Barton told HoopsWorld. "I feel like I'm the best one out of all of them." San Francisco Chronicle

"That shows that I don't get enough credit and my name should be higher," Barton said. "I feel like I should be higher in the draft, and it definitely puts a chip on my shoulder. San Francisco Chronicle

June 1, 2012 Updates

According to most experts, Barton is currently projected to be either a late first round or early second round selection, in the 22- 37 range depending how the chips fall. Barton, who led Memphis to a Conference USA title this past season and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance, is using his middling early draft projection as a motivational tool to ultimately prove his doubters wrong. “No doubt,” Barton responded to HOOPSWORLD about whether he’s being underestimated leading up to the draft. “That shows that I don’t get enough credit and my name should be higher. I feel like I should be higher in the draft and it definitely puts a chip on my shoulder. If you look at stats across the board, I’m talking about every stat, every stat and you compare me to every shooting guard or even a small forward if you want to say. All the wings no matter which guys you choose, Kentucky, North Carolina, Washington, all those guys, I was clear cut better at every stat. Not one, not two, but every stat. Averaged the most assists, averaged the most points, averaged the most rebounds and we were winning. It’s not like we were losing, we were winning. My field goal percentages were higher, I shot the best percentages from the field. My three point percentage was right up there with guys. I just don’t understand it. It definitely keeps me motivated, keeps me working hard.” HoopsWorld

March 22, 2012 Updates

Memphis sophomore guard Will Barton will declare for the NBA draft and hire an agent, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN.com Thursday. Barton and Memphis coach Josh Pastner met earlier Thursday. Barton led the Tigers with 18 points a game and eight rebounds. ESPN.com

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