Clarksdale native Earl Barron inducted into Memphis Tigers Hall of Fame
MEMPHIS, TN -- On Friday, the University of Memphis M Club, the official letterwinner's organization at the UofM, welcomed five Tigers to the Hall of Fame in its annual induction ceremonies on February 7. The following night, the induction class was also recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game against the South Florida Bulls, who won 75-73 in an upset over the Tigers at the FedEx Forum.
Voted in as the Class of 2019, the inductees include former baseball first baseman Adam Amar (2004-07), former women's soccer player and current assistant coach Lizzy Simonin (2008-11), former football players John Allen (1967-70) and Tory Epps (1986-89), and former men's basketball center Earl Barron (1999-2003).
The M Club recognized four honorees with special awards:
- David Wedaman received the Dr. Cecil C. Humphreys Golden Tiger Award
- Dana Capovaccai received the Billy J. Murphy Award
- Carolyn McDougal received the Ralph Hatley Silver M Award
- Bill Lofton received the Murray Armstrong Award
A high school standout and letterman in both tennis and basketball, Clarksdale native Earl Barron arrived in Memphis in the fall of 1999 after being awarded a basketball scholarship from Tic Price. He appeared in 128 career games with 30 of them being played in his freshman year.
Barron scored a season-high 17 points and 11 rebounds in a game against Chaminade and tied the Maui Classic record for blocked shots in a game with six. He led the Tigers to victory in the championship game against South Carolina in the Owens Corning NIT with a career high 25 points in his junior year.
As a senior, Barron would score eight points in the Tigers's NCAA Tournament against Arizona State to become the 37th player in Memphis history to score 1,000 or more points in his career. The 7-foot center is considered one of the best free throw shooters in Tiger history, having shot 81.3 percentage from the free throw line during his senior season.
Although never drafted by an NBA team, he was selected to participate in the World University Games in the summer of 2001 and averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds for the bronze-medal winning USA Team.
Following his career at Memphis, he began his professional career with the Turkish team Tuborg Pilsener in 2003 before joining the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Development League in March 2004.
He played professionally in Turkey, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Philippines before he went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and earned an NBA Championship ring with the Miami Heat in 2006 alongside teammates Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton and Alonzo Mourning. After ending his NBA career in 2015, he finished with an average of 4.6 points a game with 3.5 rebounds in 140 games.
Today, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where he is an assistant coach for the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League.