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Niagara hoops makes signing of Detroit-area guard official

The Niagara University men's basketball team confirmed the signing of guard Chris Barton from metropolitan Detroit to the program on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1 Barton, from Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Mich., is the fourth official addition to the Niagara program this spring. He announced his decision last week.

“We are excited about Chris joining us,” Niagara coach Chris Casey said. "He is a strong, athletic guard with a great future. He has the ability to score and should also make an immediate impact on the defensive end."

Barton averaged 20 points a game as a senior at Avondale. He also averaged a team-leading eight rebounds, four assists and two steals a game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 20-4 record including a Class A district championship. Barton was clutch in the championship game, scoring a game-high 26 points and draining a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Avondale past Troy Athens.

Barton was named to the MLive All-State Class A Honorable Mention Team, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class A All-State Team, and the Detroit Free Press All-North Second Team. Barton also picked up accolades from the Oakland Activities Association (First Team), the Oakland Press (All-County First Team) and was named to the BCAM’s Top 20 Shooter list.



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