Getting to Know the 2010 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team: Will Barton
March 5, 2010 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Nike Hoop Summit team member Will Barton has already proven as a high school athlete that he can win basketball games. After helping Lake Clifton H.S. in Baltimore, Md., to a 28-0 record and a 3A state title in 2008-09, Barton chose to spend his senior season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., where he is proving that he can win at a different program. Barton tallied 26 points and nine rebounds March 7 as Brewster topped Winchendon 72-69 to capture the 2010 New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class A title. Barton also has led Brewster to an invitation to the prestigious National Prep Championship next week.
Before the 6-6 shooting guard travels to Portland, Ore.,for the April 10 Nike Hoop Summit, USABasketball.com caught up with Barton to ask him about his high school career, his decision to play at the University of Memphis next fall and what he hopes to accomplish during his time in a USA jersey.
What is your goal for your senior season?
We are nearing the playoffs right now. I want to win a state championship and the national championship.
*On March 7, Barton had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead Brewster past Winchendon H.S. 72-69 to capture the 2010 NEPSAC Class A title. Brewster also has been invited to the National Prep Championship March 9-10 in New Haven, Conn. The single-elimination tournament features the top eight postgraduate programs in the country and will culminate with the crowning of a national champion.
You transferred from Lake Clifton High School in Maryland last year to Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., for your senior season. How has that adjustment been?
It's been pretty good. Coach and the school really took me in, so they made the transition easier. It's a small school, small town, but I made the transition pretty well
For someone who hasn't see you play, how would you describe your game?
I'm very versatile, engergetic and I play with a certain flair to my game - just exciting.
Who would you most like to be compared to?
Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. They are both versatile players. They obviously can score, and they win.
What are you focused on improving right now?
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My overall game.
What is your most favorite workout or drill?
Probably just getting up a lot of shots.
What is your least favorite workout or drill?
I don't have a least favorite.
What motivates you?
My family and just accomplishing my goals.
What was special about the University of Memphis?
The fan base, the coaching staff, I have a great relationship with them. The team really took me in, and, you know, getting a chance to play with my brother. It will be a family atmosphere. He's coming in with me.
Is there a U.S. team member you have not played with during high school, AAU or basketball camps?
No, I pretty much have played with all those guys before. I'm looking forward to playing with the whole team, and trying to bring home the win.
What do you know about the Nike Hoop Summit?
I know that we will be playing against the World Team, and it's very intense. I'm ready to take on the challenge.
Are you looking forward to playing in Portland's Rose Garden?
I have been on an NBA court before, but I've never played a live game on an NBA floor. It will still be something new and very exciting to play in the Rose Garden.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time with USA Basketball?
I just want to win. I just want to win and come out on top. That is what playing for USA Basketball is all about.