Found August 18, 2012 on Sports Junkie Online:
I was probably not the only person surprised on Draft night when Will Barton wasn't selected in the first round, as he slid all the way to 40th pick, where he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds a game his sophomore season, Barton also has above average length and solid athleticism/quickness that should translate well in the NBA game. Despite the numbers he put up, perhaps the number that concerned general managers the most was 175. That's how much the 6'6" guard/forward weighs. Barton is aggressive on the glass, and does a great job of attacking the basket, as he averaged over five free throw attempts in his sophomore season, and those things might have been part of the concern for general managers. How can they invest guaranteed money in a guy whose slight frame could take significant abuse against the size and strength of NBA players?The reigning Conference USA Player of the Year still needs to work on his jump shot,...

Blazers rookie drops 72 points in pro-am game

When Team Baltimore’s Best faced off against Team Under Armour in Baltimore this week familiar names to hoops fans like Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker, Derrick Williams, and DeAndre Jordan were on the floor. But it was the 40th overall selection in this year’s draft by the Portland Trail Blazers who stole the show as the Baltimore [...]
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