October 15, 2013
Barton could be great fit for Vols
Even when things were going good for Tennessee in the 2012-13 season, you never got the impression that Cuonzo Martin was entirely happy with the point guard play he was getting. In fact, the position has seemed to be a near constant source of frustration for the Vols' head man during his first two seasons.
The addition two promising looking pieces at the position, and the not insignificant departure of Trae Golden from the program, has allowed Martin to completely revamped the point guard for this year's squad.
The first addition came last spring when Tennessee beat Vanderbilt out for one-time Commodore commit Darius Thompson from Murfreesboro. The next, potentially significant piece of the puzzle, came in late May when the Vols emerged as winner in a heated chase to land Memphis transfer Antonio Barton.
Both still have to prove that they're up to the task, but early signs in preseason practice suggest that Martin has a far stronger hand to play at the position than in his previous two seasons.
Thompson has shown enough early promise to suggest that he can contribute this year, and the addition of a three-year veteran like Barton (which came like a gift from the sky), should ideally allow Martin to work the freshman in rather than rely on him. That wasn't the case before Barton became available last spring, when it looked like Thompson might be handed the ball and told to sink or swim.
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