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Will Barton may be the player most amped for the 2010-11 season, and with good reason. When the NCAA cleared Memphis’ star freshman last month, it opened up an opportunity that he wasn’t sure he’d get.

“There was a time when it looked like I may never get to play at Memphis, but my faith kept me going,” Barton told Jason King of Yahoo! Sports. “Now I’ve got to take advantage of this opportunity and appreciate it.

“There are a lot of people who would love to be in my shoes right now.”

There are plenty of player and team features this time of year - the season’s less than two months away! - but King’s story is worth your time, mostly because of Barton’s impact and his situation. Give it a read.

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter @BeyndArcMMiller, usually talkin’ hoops. Click here for more.