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Friday, October 1, 2010
Will Barton predicts Memphis national title

By Diamond Leung

It wasn't too long ago when prior to being declared academically eligible, Memphis freshman Will Barton was left wondering if the NCAA would clear him to play and tweeting things like, "Where do I go from here?"

He's apparently found clarity since then.

The Tigers' top recruit is ready to start his career with a bang, proclaiming at a fans event something that could very well be posted in bulletin boards across the region.

From The Commercial Appeal:
"We're going to win the national championship this year," Barton said. "I'm guaranteeing it!"

Memphis has its swagger back this season after coach Josh Pastner brought in a recruiting class that ESPNU ranks at No. 4 in the nation, with Barton rated the top incoming freshman shooting guard in the country.

First things first, though. The Tigers after going to the NIT last season have to get back to the NCAA tournament before serious national championship talk can begin.

But for now, it's clear that a freshman infusion has at least brought to the team some good vibrations going into the season.