The word out of the Bluff City tonight is that the NCAA has reversed its previous ruling and that top 10 recruit Will Barton will be allowed to play for Josh Pastner and the University of Memphis Tigers this fall.
Both Dan Wolken reported the news via his Twitter:
Source just told me Will Barton has been cleared to play for Memphis this season. The NCAA reversed its ruling.
Barton news is confirmed. Memphis sending out press release momentarily.
I heard a week ago the NCAA “missed something” among the 2,000 pages that were submitted on Barton. Whatever it was, obviously they found.
Certainly an eventful day on the U of M basketball beat. There have been a lot of them the past four years, have there not?
Barton’s eligibility obviously huge for Memphis on many levels, but his impact on their rebounding might be biggest of all.
The NCAA had ruled Barton ineligible on August 8th for taking too many semesters to graduate high school.
Great news for the Tigers for sure. Barton handled the initial ruling with a lot of grace and maturity. By all reports he is a good kid, happy for him.
Head coach Josh Pastner’s video response: