Texas prep basketball star Devonta Abron has heard a lot of good things about the University of Arkansas campus and its hoops program, but needs to see that for himself.
So Abron, a 6-8, 223-pound forward from Seagoville who has played in an AAU tournament at the UA, is scheduled to make an official visit to Fayetteville on the weekend of Sept. 24-26.
"I am really looking forward to getting up there and taking a good look at everything and seeing if it is all everybody says it is," Abron said. "I have been talking to (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Rob) Evans and really like how they are talking about playing me as a combo forward if I continue to develop my skills."
It will be the first official trek for Abron, who is also considering visiting Texas A&M, Oklahoma State , North Texas and UTEP.
"Those are all good schools, too, but I haven't set up any other visits yet," Abron said. "I want to get up there and check out Arkansas first. I plan to sign in November so I would get any visits I am going to take before that. I'd say I am open going into my visits."
Abron , who has seen his body go from a slender 175-pounder to a powerful 220-plus guy in the past couple of years, averaged 24 points and 13 rebounds last season for his high school team.
He has been a dominant inside force and is trying to develop his all-around game.
"I've always been able to score inside and I feel really good about how my ball handling is coming along," Abron said. "I am still working on my outside shooting."
Abron has been part of a talented group Texas prep hoopsters that have played the past few seasons for the Dallas Mustangs.
He's joined an impressive front line that includes LeBryan Nash and Luke Mergerson.
"We've all played together since the 7th grade and we're kind of all like brothers," Abron said. "Our coach has been around us so much that we joke with him and call him dad. It's kind of like the Lebron James story with all his friends growing up and playing basketball together."
They have talked about playing in college together on occasion.
"Yes, we've talked about the colleges that we are looking at, but this is more about each of us making the right decision for our ownself," Abron said. "It's got to be what's best for each individual."
He is the lone returning starter on his high school team and knows he will have to put them on his back.
‘It's my job to get us to the playoffs because I am the only one coming back," Abron said. "I have got to be the leader and set the tone from day one."
Abron Eyes Arkansas
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