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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Memphis SG/SF Will Barton

06.25.12 at 1:12 pm ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.

Will Barton was named Conference USA Player of the Year as a sophomore and subsequently declared for the draft. (AP)

WILL BARTON

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

School: Memphis

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 175 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, 2011 All-Conference USA third team, 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman team

Key 2011-12 stats: 18.0 points, 50.9 FG%, 8.0 rebounds

What he brings: Barton has long strides that allow him to traverse the court quickly, and he can power his way past defenders to get to the net. He shot 50.9 percent from the field, but his 3-point shooting can be improved. He converted 34.6 percent of his tries from the arc.

At 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds Barton isn’t small, but he’s not the strongest player on the court. He’s very skinny, which may be a concern for some teams.

Where the Celtics could get him: Barton is expected to be picked late in the first round or early in the second.

Notes: Barton, who is from Baltimore, prepped one season in New Hampshire at Brewster Academy, leading the team to a 35-4 record and the 2010 national prep title. … He is leaving Memphis after two seasons.

Related articles:

San Francisco Chronicle: Draft prospect Will Barton has chip on shoulder

HoopsWorld: Will Barton doesn’t lack confidence

Video: Here’s a lengthy package of highlights of Barton.

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