Will Barton has heard all about his perceived detractors: He's too skinny, too unorthodox and too undisciplined.
But Thursday night, he was an
It may have taken longer than he'd hoped, but Barton — a swingman out of
Four picks later, guard
Falling to the second round was likely a surprise for Barton. The former Lake Clifton star told The Baltimore Sun last week that he expected to go within the draft's first 30 selections. In fact, he said he'd heard the
But for no obvious reason Barton slid, and he'll now have to compete for a spot on the Trail Blazers. Second-round picks don't have guaranteed contracts.
It’s possible scouts were concerned with Barton’s slight frame at 6 feet 6 and a rail-thin 175 pounds. Some questioned his ability to drive to the rim in the
It was an interesting fall considering Barton's numbers at Memphis last season. After all, he ranked higher than every top-rated wing prospect in all the major statistical categories as a sophomore. The reigning
"I believe his toughness says it for itself," Memphis coach Josh Pastner said earlier this month. "He's got a great motor, and look at his rebounding numbers. The guy can flat-out rebound. And he gets tough, hard-nosed rebounds in traffic."