Laie, HI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Brigham Young University Hawaii men's basketball player Brad Barton was found dead at his Price, Utah apartment on Tuesday. Barton played for the Seasiders for two seasons, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 before transferring to Weber State for his final two years.
During his two seasons at BYU-Hawaii Barton established himself as one of the toughest and most courageous players ever to don a Seasider uniform. BYU-Hawaii Assistant Coach David Evans, who played with Barton, said "Brad gave 100 percent every day on the basketball court, both in practice and in games and was always true to himself and his teammates."
Barton, who battled diabetes throughout his life, was known to push himself beyond the limits of his body and was frequently seen giving himself insulin injections on the bench before, and even during, games in the Cannon Center.
During his sophomore campaign Barton led the Seasiders to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA II Tournament by handing out 6.8 assists per game, the second-highest assists per game average in school history. His 189 assists that season rank fourth in Seasider annals for a single season. Barton averaged 3.6 points per game for his two seasons as a Seasider and shot .525 from the field. His 4.3 assists per game average is 11th on the all-time BYU-Hawaii list, a remarkable feat considering he only played as a freshman and sophomore.
At the time of his death Barton, aged 31, was serving as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Utah State University-Eastern (formerly College of Eastern Utah) after serving last year as the interim coach at USU-Eastern where he led the team to a 23-7 record with three of the losses against national champion College of Southern Idaho. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at Snow College (2008-09), an assistant at Viewmont High School in Utah (2006-08) and a student-assistant at Weber State (2004-0).
During his time at Weber State as a player, Barton helped the Wildcats win a Big Sky Conference championship and played in the NCAA National Tournament.
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