Hot Springs guard/forward Exavian Christon will not be lacking for college options.
Arkansas State was the latest to extend an offer when coach Grant McCasland called the 6-foot-5 Christon, who has led the Trojans to the Class 5A semifinals the past two seasons.
“Coach (James) Miller has been recruiting him and he told me Coach Mac was going to call him,’’ said Hot Springs coach Rodney Echols. “Coach called him last night and he called me and he was very excited about the offer.
“He is definitely going to get up there for a visit. The coaches told him there was an opportunity for a lot of minutes as a freshman."
Christon is the second in-state offer for the Red Wolves, joining Jonesboro guard Marcus Eaton.
“He did a little bit of everything for us,’’ said Echols. “He played the two-guard and the 3 (small forward) for us but he could defend everywhere. He is just a good player.
“On the next level he is probably a 2 or a 3 and he could possibly guard the 4 if he is small athletic type who plays out on the floor.”
Christon holds offers from UALR, UAB, Louisiana Tech, Austin Peay and Southern Miss.
“He is a high mid-major talent,’’ said Echols. “All of the recruiters talk about how athletic he is. He is a skilled shooter. He can do a lot of things.”
For the Trojans, Christon averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and shot 37 percent on 3-point attempts.
He is not only skilled on the basketball court, but Echols said he has a 3.0 grade point average and a 20 on the ACT.
“He’s qualified so coaches don't have to worry about that.”
The Trojans have enough talent returning to once again be contenders.
“We’ve lost in the semifinals the past two seasons and I think we can make another run at it this year,’’ he said. “Having Exavian back helps a lot and we have some guys to go with him.”
He is the nephew of former WNBA player Shameka Christon. His brother Jajuan Christon signed with 3 Rivers Community College and will be a freshman there this fall.