Nov 23, 2012; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Memphis Tigers guard Antonio Barton (2) controls the ball against Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Andre Hollins (1) during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Little Barton's Big Day

Will Barton’s younger brother, Antonio Barton announced today that after 3 seasons with the Memphis Tigers, he will be transferring to the University of Tennessee. Antonio saw his minutes cut during the 2012-2013 season, recording career lows in points (5.6 PG), rebounds (1.3 PG), and assists (1.1 PG). It was clear that the shift affected his confidence as he also posted a career low field goal percentage (39.7%), nearly 10% lower than his previous season.

With the Tennessee Volunteers, Barton will have the opportunity to start in place of former point guard, Trae Golden, who was dismissed from the team for academic reasons. At 6’2”, 178lbs, Antonio is much shorter than his Blazer brother, but he is more compact (3 inches shorter, 8lbs heavier). He now has a senior season ahead of him that will more accurately show how he measures up to big brother Will.

Though they play different positions at different levels, there is always sibling rivalry. I know the day I realized I was taller than my older brother was the day I tallied my first life-win over him in the mental columns I keep (don’t tell him). It must be nice to step out of his brother’s collegiate shadow (Will also attended the University of Memphis) and into his own spotlight.

Will has been nothing but supportive of Antonio’s decision. Earlier today, he took the opportunity to pass the torch to his brother via twitter:


Antonio’s transfer marks a big day for the Barton family. It would seem that things are falling into place for the possible success of Will’s little brother. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see another Barton in the NBA in due time. The numbers may not look it at the moment, but Antonio has a golden opportunity to show what he’s made of in the 2013-2014 NCAA season.

Congratulations Antonio, and congratulations Tennessee.

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