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33 Antwain Barbour

Antwain Barbour
Hometown (Last School)
Elizabethtown, KY (High)
2002-03, 2003-04
June 27, 1982

Antwain Barbour was born Antwain La’Mar Barbour on June 17, 1982, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to Pamela Thomas and William French.  His father passed away when Barbour was only 2.  He was a guard for the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team under coach Tubby Smith from 2002-2004.

Barbour played high school basketball at Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  He led the Panthers to the KHSAA Sweet 16 title in his senior season of 2000 and earned MVP honors in the tournament after averaging 26.0 points per game in the four games, including a 42-point, 17-rebound performance over Russell in the semifinals before tallying 31 points and eight
rebounds in that evening’s final with Lexington Catholic.  Barbour was named All-State by the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2000.  He averaged 21.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a senior.  He grew seven inches in his high-school career, earning a starting role in his junior season.

Just a few weeks after leading E-town to the state title, Barbour quietly made an unofficial visit to UK. But Barbour failed to qualify academically for Division I eligibility and chose to attend Wabash Valley Junior College in Mount Carmel, Illinois for two years.

As a freshman at Wabash Valley Junior College, Barbour guided WVJC to the National Junior College Athletics Association Championship in 2001, earning Most Valuable Player honors.  He averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists per game as the Warriors finished 36-1.  In the title game, he hit 5-6 three pointers to total 21 points while averaging 23 for the tournament run.  Barbour was the only juco player to represent the USA at the 2001 World University Games where he saw action in eight games, averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

As a sophomore at Wabash Valley Junior College, Barbour averaged 14.4 points and 5 rebounds per game.  In two years, he led the Warriors to a 68-7 record.  He was named a third-team All-American by the NJCA in 2002 after earning pre-season player of the year honors.  Barbour was named to the 2002 NJCA All-Tournament team after guiding WVJC to a fourth-place finish.

Barbour was heralded as one of the top players in the country after leading Elizabethtown to the KHSAA Sweet 16 title in 2000 and then guiding Wabash Valley Junior College to a national title in 2001.  He was named MVP of both tournaments.  On October 10, 2001, Barbour announced that he would play for Kentucky.  Barbour chose Kentucky over Cincinnati, Indiana, and UNLV.

As a junior at Kentucky, Barbour wasted no time making headlines.  He broke his left hand in practice on December 1, 2002, and was sidelined for at least five weeks.  He fell on his non-shooting hand after colliding with Jules Camara on a dunk attempt and broke his third metacarpal bone. He had started Kentucky’s three games in Hawaii and averaged 7.3 points and three assists.  He underwent surgery on December 3, 2002.  He returned to action at the end of December but never reclaimed his starting position from Erik Daniels.  He played in 31 games averaging just 12 minutes a game.  He scored 104 points on the season for 3.4 points per game average.

As a senior at Kentucky, things didn’t seem to go much better for Barbour.  He was suspended for two exhibition games and one regular-season game after being arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana. The charge of possession of marijuana was later dropped.  He played in 31 games with 10 starts averaging 17 minutes per game and scored 155 points on the season for a 5 points per game average.  Barbour scored a career-high 23 points on February 10, 2004 in a win over Alabama.  The senior from Elizabethtown, Ky., started in place of injured guard Gerald Fitch, scored UK’s first 13 points and almost single-handedly brought the Cats back from a nine-point deficit in the first half. His six straight points in the second half turned a modest UK lead into a 45-34 advantage with 11:49 to play.  That was part of an 18-4 run that sent the No. 8-ranked Cats (17-3, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) to a relatively comfortable victory, thanks largely to Barbour’s career-high 23 points on 10-0f-13 shooting.

Barbour finished his brief career at Kentucky with 259 points and 127 rebounds in two seasons.

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