Challe Barton will forgo his senior season with Oregon State to pursue a professional career overseas, a team spokesman confirmed Monday. Barton, whose recent Instagram photos show him in his native Sweden, is the third player with remaining eligibility to leave the program in the past three weeks. Barton replaced point guard Ahmad Starks in the starting lineup midway through the 2012-13 season, and he entered his junior year as the Beavers' unquestioned facilitator. He seldom looked for his own shot over OSU's first 14 games before freshman Hallice Cooke supplanted him in the first unit. Barton was largely a nonfactor after the demotion. Over the Beavers' final 18 games, he attempted just four shots, recorded six DNPs and reached double-digit minutes only twice. On the season, he averaged three points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Barton started 25 of 93 career OSU appearances and finished with double-figure points three times. Last summer, he was one of the final players cut from the Swedish national team. Barton's father, Charles Barton, is a longtime coach in Europe who has helmed such professional teams as Sweden's Gothia Basket and Germany's Skyliners Frankfurt. News of Barton's departure comes after forward Eric Moreland declared for the NBA draft and Cooke received his release to transfer. Pair that with the graduations of guard Roberto Nelson, forward Devon Collier and center Angus Brandt, and OSU now has one player (guard Langston Morris-Walker) who averaged more than 11.4 minutes per game for a 2013-14 team that fell to Radford in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. With Barton gone, sophomore Malcolm Duvivier is the Beavers' top returning point guard. He averaged just 3.1 points and 0.4 assists as a freshman, but emerged as coach Craig Robinson's top guard off the bench in the latter half of Pac-12 play. He erupted for 11 first-half points in a Senior Day win over Arizona State.
Oregon State Beavers point guard Challe Barton forgoes senior season to play overseas
Oregonian | Apr 29