Thursday, May 7, 2009

Introducing 2010 Recruit: WILL BARTON

We mentioned earlier that we've received word that NC State is targeting a new, highly touted, player in the 2010 class. His name is Will Barton and he is a high energy 6'6 shooting guard who can do it all. He is long, quick and has a silky stroke from long range. Barton hails from Baltimore Md and has impressed enough scouts to be ranked as a 5 star prospect and the #1 shooting guard in his class. He holds an offer from the Pack and lists them as one of the schools he is considering. Here is a quick glimpse of the 2010 super star:


80 Responses to "Introducing 2010 Recruit: WILL BARTON"
  1. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Great size for a two guard. I remember growing up when Gary Payton was HUGE in the backcourt standing 6-4. Now if you are a PG under 6-2 you're labeled a shrimp and have to be incredible to get noticed. It's amazing the skill sets these kids have developed.

  2. ppack3 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    What are the chances that we are high on Will's list, WPH? We are going to have to 'make room' for great players next year if Harrow, CJ Leslie, Luke Cuthron and now W. Barton decide to commit. If Sid starts bring in classes of this magnitude every year, he is going to turn the nations attention towards Raleigh and NCSU. I really hope that this is the path we are headed down. Go State.

  3. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 7, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    With the offers that Barton currently holds I think it will be a while until he trims it down. However, Coach Harris is Will's contact and if you look at some of the commits he has pulled in the past I'd guess that we have as good a shot as anyone. Honestly, Larry Harris is someone who doesn't get enough credit. For the past 10 years that guy has been battling top notch programs for top notch players, and more times than not he gets his man. I'm confident that we'll push as hard as we can and I wouldn't be surprised if Barton became our #1 target for next season. (but that is just speculation)

  4. MCG said...
    May 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    WOW! That kid has fantastic length. That drop step to a dunk about 3/4 of the way through was sick nasty. Looks like a heck of a player.

    I really like the fact that Larry Harris is recruiting him too. I totally agree Wolfpack Hoops, Larry doesn't get enough credit. He is definitely the best recruiter on NC State's staff and I am truly glad he came back from the desert.

  5. Alum02 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Are we still pursuing Mychael Parker full force?

  6. Jason said...
    May 7, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    "Larry Harris is someone who doesn't get enough credit."

    I agree. You should do a story on him!

  7. Justin said...
    May 7, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Unfortunately fellas it looks like he is about as much a lock to UK as one can get. Apparently he will be taking a visit to UK this month with his mom and they will most likely seal the deal.

  8. wolfpack06 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Thanks for the great work WPH! Nice to see such positive attitudes resonating here.

    You might have covered this in another post, but can you explain the current scholly situation? How many available now? next year?


  9. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Lowe seems to have really improved as far as recruiting goes but if we add another recruit this year, and Painter would be a huge help, that only leaves two scholarships open for next year. Harrows already committed, so I say take Painter now and Cothron next year to give us a solid front line

  10. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Wall/Painter both to be coming to NC State. Painter is taking his last official visit this week-end to Maryland but it is just to be respectful because they were recruiting him the first time when he chose Florida so he is honoring his word by visiting Maryland. He will be in NC State red next year and he will qualify to play this upcoming year. Wall and himself have been in talks with 1 another and Wall will be joining him at NC State next year ! This will all be set in stone after the Painter visits are over on Sun/Mon .... I will reveal my source and my name after it has been announced, I have to stay protected for numerous reasons until this unfolds

  11. Alum02 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    If we take Painter this year we have 3 guys in one class for the front court (two classes if any of them redshirt). I say take Painter this year and a 2/3 next year to go along with Harrow. Barton and Parker would meet that need. I hate to say that with so much talent on the board (Barton, Parker, Leslie, Cothron, etc.), but you have to have a balanced team.

  12. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    We will be doing a story on each one of our coaches in the coming month. So we will catch up with Larry.

    Unfortunately Kentucky is going to be a huge factor on the recruiting scene in the coming years. Fortunately we've already seen our staff go toe to toe with Cal and Kentucky which shows that this staff feels like they can recruit against the big dogs. As far as Barton committing to Cal this early, I wouldn't put it past him but I also feel strongly that he will wait and evaluate all his option before pulling the trigger.

    Yes, last time I heard (about a week ago) we were still going full tilt for Parker. We also have a certain 2010 commit working on him as well.

    Thanks. We did cover this earlier, but I'll say it again. I wouldnt worry about our scholarship numbers. Our coaches can count and they have a plan laid out. There are "options" they have as far as the roster goes.

  13. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    kid looks like he has the charisma of one Julius Hodge. Built a little like Hodge as well.

  14. Alum02 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Any update on the Lorenzo Brown footage you mentioned at the bottom of the Ryan Harrow video blurb.

  15. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    ^ It's cut and edited but we're having trouble with our upload service. It shutdown 3/4 of the way through last night, so we're hopefully going to get it to you by tonight.

  16. Alum02 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Thanks WPH. This is a free service to us so you certainly have no obligation to rush. I just saw it and was curious.

    Also, is there a way for us to get in touch with you guys to ask you things without having to hijack a post with comments about something completely off subject? Thanks.

  17. Realwolfpacker said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Whoever Anonymous is HE / SHE is VERY confident that both Painter and Wall are coming to NC State. So the real question is.......WHO IS THAT MASKED MAN? Hope you are right.

    Locking up Painter and Wall to go along with Brown, Howell, Wood, Vandenberg & Davis and we have the number 1 recruiting class in the country.

  18. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    We're working on getting forums in the future, but for right now you can email us. On the right under the "Video of the Day" you'll see the "Site Menu" "Contact Us" and just send us an email.

    Or you can hijack a thread...we don't mind.

  19. P Sizzle88 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I really want to believe the anonymous poster reguarding Painter and Wall, but I have a feeling that it's someone (carolina fan) pulling our chain.

    I guess we'll find out sooner or later.

    WPH, you're the best site on the web. THANKS A LOT.

  20. Alum02 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Looking forward to the forums. I just hope you guys can keep it positive the way it is now. You guys do an outstanding job.

  21. Realwolfpacker said...
    May 7, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    WPH, by the way. I just recently started visting the site recently and I must say that I REALLY enjoy it. Please keep up the good work. I look forward to checking the site throughout the day. Good job guys.

    - Realwolfpacker

  22. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Just to calm everybody's nerves I am not a UNC fan! I have to leave it at that. But I am associated with nobody other than N.C. State Athletics ! I love NC State

    Painter/Wall= NC State

  23. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    ^ Definatly sounds like gostate44 from PP message boards.

  24. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    The truth of the matter is We look to be in good standing if painter and wall fall thru... My question is if the staff feels they can over recruit then does that mean someone may not qualify or is someone going to leave due to loss in playing time?

  25. RPMan said...
    May 7, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    The funny thing is how many people are going to come on and claim they were the anonymous poster if it does happen :)

  26. TruthBKnown Returns said...
    May 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Anonymous, you tell us something that sounds far-fetched. Then you tell us to just believe you. Why should we listen to EITHER post?

    Come to think of it, even if you were Sidney Lowe in the flesh, how could we know for sure that was true? :)

    I would love it to be true, but until I hear it on the evening news, I won't believe it for a minute. Sure is fun to think about though!

    On a positive note, even if we don't get those two guys, we still have an outstanding recruiting class coming in.

  27. ppack3 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    That's the way to think of it. If we get Wall, or Painter, that is just icing on the cake. Albeit, damn good icing. Like, 5-star icing! On your wedding cake. With writing on it that says "You're the Best."
    I'm getting carried away, it's just that the wife just left town with my two-year old daughter, for the weekend, and I have nothing planned, so I am overly excited! Woo.
    Really, I don't know what I'm doing.

  28. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Any updates on the John Wall situation?

  29. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    John Wall is going to Kentucky. Count on it. (inside source)

  30. Jerome said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Will Barton looks like he deserves being ranked as one of the highest prospects of the '10 class. A very long and very athletic SG. If we get Painter in '09, he'd be a great pickup next year. If no Painter, he'd definitely compliment Harrow and another big-time big in '10. Either way, I hope he seriously considers running with the Pack, the guy can ball. It'd be quite a refreshing change to have several go-to guys in the backcourt.

  31. Jeremiah said...
    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    ...and after watching the video again, I'd like to add that he can really stroke it. In addition, with his size and athleticism, he could also be could potentially be quite the mismatch at the 3 in a couple years.

    Keep up the good work WPH!

  32. Anonymous said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    John Wall is NOT going to Kentucky, Kentucky found this out and went ahead and got the next best point guard left. So ANON you need to realize what you are talking about before you go putting it on our board. So why don't you tell that inside source he needs to find a day job! I have been the one the past 24 hours saying that I know Wall is going to NC State along with Painter. I have TRUE inside information and I will reveal my source and my name as soon as it is made public. You will see I am the true ANON on this site that is intense with common sense.

  33. Jason said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    "It'd be quite a refreshing change to have several go-to guys in the backcourt."

    From the little I've seen and read on Mychal Parker, he seems to have a similar game. And a similar build. We'e got a lot of quality prospects on the horizon.

  34. ppack3 said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Battle of the Anons! Classic.

  35. RPMan said...
    May 7, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Anonymous must be WPH so he can tell us he told us so all along. Just Kidding

    Anonymous - originally yesterday you gave a time line of 48 to 72 hours meaning tomorrow or Sat but now you say it will be the first of next week. Why the fluctuation in your time line?

  36. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    ^ Because it's not true. John is not going to NC State.

  37. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    This is Afterglow,

    This whole thing on John Wall is hilarious to me! What difference does it make what ANON says? If HESHE is wrong then HESHE can remain ANON. The only source I care about it the one that comes from the sources mouth; be that John Wall, Deshawn Painter, no one or someone. Give it a rest everyone because it’s all gonna come to a rest just as the sun rises and sets! Me saying it or wishing it or whatever doesn’t make it any more likely to happen.

  38. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    I've been having to moderate a few comments lately, and I just wanted to make clear why....

    We will not tolerate any comments from anyone tearing down our school, our players or our coaches. If you want to argue against a coach or a player, take it to the message boards elsewhere. We simply are not going to let it fly here.

    If you want to make a point against any article we write or someone in our program...if you do it respectfully and can stay civil we will accept it and have discussion about it. This site will not become a dumping ground for people to spew hate and negativity. This program has gone through that for far too long, which is why we're not going to allow it.

  39. John said...
    May 8, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Amen WPH...

  40. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    It's the battle of the Anonymouses 2009!
    WHP, any chance of making people register to make comments? Its hard to keep the Anonymouses straight- much less accountable.

  41. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    ^ We have some big plans for this site which you will see being implemented, hopefully, within the year. One of which will be a forum (highly moderated of course) which people will have to register for to help gain more of a community feel and will help keep people accountable for their postings.

  42. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Mr. Anonymous,
    (the one claiming Wall to NC State)

    I know you need to keep your identity secret, but you are making some serious claims that we simply cannot confirm about Wall and Painter.....would you send us a little info about who you're hearing this from so we can at least verify you are not a troll....we will keep anything you send 100% confidential. Thanks


  43. ppack3 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Gettin' to the bottom of things, WPH!

  44. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Wolfpack Hoops,

    Listen to me guys. I am not some Anonymous guy who is trying to start trouble or someone who "gets off" on giving bad information to a great fan base. I have loved NC State my whole entire life and also have had connections with NC State athletics my whole entire life. I know it is hard to believe and I do not blame anyone for thinking this is a hoax or something like that. I CANT reveal my name right now because of numerous reasons concerning trust among my RELIABLE connection and also with my family. If you guys just please give it a little more time like after SOMEONE makes their last visit this week-end. YOU WILL hear the fantastic news shortly thereafter with a combination of 2 guys commiting to the PACK WALL & PAINTER ! So just relax have a few beers this weekend and it will all unfold.

    GO PACK !!!!!!

  45. WolfCamel said...
    May 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    ^ Simon Harris?

  46. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    ^ Anonymous,
    Thank you for posting.
    I understand what you are staying but you have to realize how this looks to a State fan who's been dealing with this type of "rumor dropping" from Anonymous message board posters year after year. Thank you for your information...again it would be very helpful if you could email us so we could give credibility to your information by letting people know we feel it is legit without giving out any other information. You do not need give us your name and it will be kept entirely confidential, you have our word.

    If not we understand, but also understand that people will be very skeptical and write this off as another message board rumor until then.

  47. Jason said...
    May 8, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    "but also understand that people will be very skeptical and write this off as another message board rumor until then."

    I think that's the best thing to do in this situation. I ain't beleiving him for one second. I hope he's right, but I'm assuming he's a troll.

  48. TheWolfman8321 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    if you are some legit source then thank you so much for posting. But i'm just not going to buy it. Why can't you just email WPH and show that you are legit or that your source is...then they can say "he seems like an ok source, or we have no reason to believe he is lying" no matter what since you can't reveal anything we will never know for sure (which is the beauty in these type of forums) but at least you could get a little cred to your story that way.

  49. TruthBKnown Returns said...
    May 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Anonymous dude (talking up Wall and Painter), if you were yanking our chain before with this, then your last email is also a continuation of chain-yanking.

    I'd love to believe you, but I really feel like you're just someone sitting back with a beer and laughing.

    I stopped worrying about Wall a while back. Even if he's coming here, I'll just read the headlines along with everyone else. Until then, I consider him headed anywhere BUT NC State.

    I do like that his mother wants him to stay close to home. I think it may come down to us or Duke. But again, I'm tired of Wall's waiting game anyway. We will know when we know.

  50. J.D. said...
    May 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Wolfpack Hoops and Wolfpack Nation,

    I have a huge huge favor to ask you guys as a wolfpack fan. My cousin is on American Idol this year and has made the final 3, I am not sure if you guys actually watch but his name is Danny Gokey. He lost his wife in a tragedy and he is a God fearing human being with a wonderful personality and he deals with all of the youth in his hometown! I ask from 1 wolfpacker to another could you guys pick up the phone tuesday night after the show from 8-9 on FOX and then you have 2 hrs to vote and all I ask each NC State Wolfpacker to do for me is to vote for Danny 10 times per person to help his chances winning the American Idol crown. He is a HUGE NC State fan ans he is just a good guy. Can you guys do this for me PLEASE. He would be a absolute true American Idol. A christian, a NC State fan, and a silky smooth voice!!!! thanks to everybody if they would do this. Will you do this for ME too please Wolfpack hoops?

  51. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    JD -
    Email us real quick.

  52. brian said...
    May 8, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    WPH, Can you confirm that Wall is going to narrow to 3 today per link?

    As always thanks for this blog!

  53. Alum02 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    My wife and I used to be huge into American Idol as we are both singers. We don't watch it religiously anymore, but have gotten into it recently as it has gotten down to the good singers. Danny is definitely our favorite. Glad to hear he is a Wolfpack fan though I haven't seen him touting his fandom like the Tarheel that went out a few weeks back. Good luck to Danny.

    On the Wall/Painter note, whether anon tells WPH who he/she is or not, wouldn't it be hard to confirm his/her true identity? I'm just going to assume Anon is a troll and hope for the best on both Wall and Painter. Others in the know are concerned about Painter making his trip to MD.

  54. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    A few beers may be what everyone is going to need when the news finally breaks because a lot of people are going to be upset.



  55. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    John Wall * DeShawn Painter = NC State commits! 100% Guranteed!

    So to the other Anonymous that claims he knows he will not land at NC State you need to have a milkshake and a smile because I KNOW and I have a reliable source and someone made a comment earlier about me that was really close to the truth. scroll up and just kind of look around and see if maybe you can get a idea. They were pretty close to being accurate! Painter is going to Maryland just to be respectful because they recruited him before he chose florida earlier, so do not let that bother you or worry you.... Painter/Wall= NC STATE

  56. P Sizzle88 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 3:33 PM


    I'm not a big American Idol fan, but have seen this season a little and Danny is a great singer.

    I think if he would come out sporting a red NC State shirt, then every pack fan watching would definatly vote for him whether he is their favorite or not.

    Either way I'll still vote for him per J.D.'s request.

  57. ppack3 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Anon = Danny Gokey? Unbelievable!

  58. ppack3 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Friend of WPH (errrrr Anonynous #1), I understand now why you can't e-mail WPH, or reveal your source, because WPH IS your source! Get him WPH! Betrayer of trust! The plot thickens! DUM...DUM...DUM! Now back to, 'As the Stomach Turns"

  59. ppack3 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    BTW, Alum02...I haven't been a big Gokey fan, until now. I liked him, but I thought Rock night ruined his chances. I was mistaken. I will pull for any Pack backer, for sure. But, i have never voted, not once in nine years. Now, with DVR, I probably never will. Is Danny from NC? How is he a Pack fan, if not?

  60. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    While no one can say where Wall or Painter is going to land at this point....I can say this. In your statements you stated something inaccurate, and it's something your should know if your that close to the situation.

    Wall and Painter very well could end up with the Pack. Or Wall could end up at KU and Painter at Maryland. Either way, I think it's best to just leave this rumor alone for now.

  61. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Wolfpack Hoops,

    If I said something inaccurate and you are so positive about this then why dont you share it with all of us what I said that was inaccurate????? Thanks!

  62. WolfCamel said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    If you are Simon Harris get you butt on the football field and play tight end! Look at Gates, alot of the same attributes.

  63. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Because I was asked not to make it public by someone very close to the program. If you want to clarify your statement you can email us.

  64. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    I will bow out gracefully since nobody wants to listen to me and now is second guessing me.

  65. Packtician said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    And the plot thickens.......

  66. TruthBKnown Returns said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    "I have a huge huge favor to ask you guys as a wolfpack fan. My cousin is on American Idol this year and has made the final 3, I am not sure if you guys actually watch but his name is Danny Gokey........ [rest of post deleted]"

    He's our favorite anyway, and now we have even more reason to vote for him!

  67. ppack3 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    From the length of this thread, it looks as if Will Barton will be the most talked about recruit in NCSU history!

    Anon & WPH,
    You do realize that all you have to do is stop talking, and this all goes away, rather than escalating (which is what seems like's happening).

  68. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    We are not saying that your information is false, but we can not confirm it and there is one thing you said that is conflicting (at this point) with what the the staff has said. That is all I'm saying.

    You are certainly welcome here, but second guessing comes with posting inside information under an anonymous title. If you can give me information I can run it by people that can confirm it.

  69. Anonymous said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    I seriously doubt that this guy has any all.

  70. TheWolfman8321 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    looks like its been squashed

  71. P Sizzle88 said...
    May 8, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Off topic, AGAIN, but Sidney Lowe rang the Hurricane horn tonight. Pretty Cool!

  72. The Great Khali said...
    May 8, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Wolfpack Hoops,

    Any News on John Wall? I heard from some link to kentucky site that he was supposly narrowing his list today?



  73. Anonymous said...
    May 9, 2009 at 2:00 AM

    This is RP:

    Anyone else notice that the 2 Anons posted within minutes of each other (3:17 & 3:28)? My guess is that it is the same person arguing with themself. Can you track IP addresses WPH?

  74. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    ^nope I tried that

  75. Anonymous said...
    May 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Not the same person.

  76. RPPMAN said...
    May 9, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Anon claiming John and Painter are coming - Are you going to reveal who you are when and if it doesnt happen?

  77. Anonymous said...
    May 9, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    I just ran into John Wall at the mall and introduced myself. I asked him to come to N C State and he said he would keep it in mind. He seamed really nice and even my wife thought he was. Made my day. Hopefully I didn't break any NCAA violations by trying to lure him to State ala my facebook page!

  78. Anonymous said...
    May 10, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    So, Mr. Anonymous (with the "inside info" on Painter & Wall), what time should we expect the big announcment tomorrow?

  79. Anonymous said...
    May 10, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    This is Afterglow

    I don't actually think ANON said any specific date; I could be wrong though. In any event, in my gut I personally feel John Wall may be mapping out his chances of being in this years NBA draft. I think that's why this process is taking so long as he has till June 15th. My guess... we won't hear anything until after that point. As far as DeShawn Painter goes-who knows...

  80. RPPMAN said...
    May 10, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Afterglow, Anon initially said 48-72 hours then he changed that to the first of the week...


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