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NBA D-League and Iowa Energy center, Earl Barron

Seniors in high school often have many things on their mind.  Possible colleges to attend, studying for finals and graduation plans are all common activities.  However, the death of a father usually isn't included in that mix.

Enter Earl Barron with a side of perseverance.

"It was just me, my mother and my sister when dad died so I became the man of the house at a pretty young age," said Barron.  "This experience and my college experience taught me to handle business on and off the court," he added.

Barron's college experience came on quickly.  After feeling like he'd been overlooked, he signed at the last minute with the Memphis Tigers.

"I had to develop fast," stated Barron of his days at Memphis.  "I learned from my coaches and just continued to get better and better."

Barron has been handling business well in his first year with the Iowa Energy.  He is averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds a game.  He is currently on a two and a half year stint in the NBA D-League.  However in Barron's case, he has tasted the NBA and hopes to get back to that point.

"The NBA D-League has allowed me to get to the NBA and I am hoping to get back there," he informed.  Barron spent three years from 2005-2008 with the Miami Heat.   This included their NBA championship in 2006.

"It was tough to get minutes," said Barron.  "Practices were like my games.  Our job was to push the starters in practice and get them ready."

The Miami Heat took down the Dallas Mavericks to win the NBA Championship in the 2005-2006 season.  Many people might remember three big names from that series being Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) and Shaquille O'neal (Miami Heat).

"I got to be Dirk in practice so that was pretty cool," replied Barron.  "It took all 13 guys to win that championship not just Dwayne or Shaq.  It was the whole team."

With the dream of getting back to the NBA always in Barron's sights, he notes that his time now with the Energy is definitely beneficial and putting him on the right track.

"Our team really buys into winning," he stated.  "We are unselfish and make the extra passes.  What's important to know is that if you are helping the team, you are going to be helping yourself too," he added.

Look for Barron to help the Energy get off the two game losing skid.  They will travel to the Erie Bayhawks this Friday night.   Game time is 6 pm.

For more information on Barron or the Energy visit the official site.

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