The Big Haul

Four of Arkansas' vaunted five-player class of 2011 basketball prospects are set to sign on Wednesday and the other on Friday as the week-long early national signing period gets underway.

While fans of Arkansas and national basketball analysts have been lavishing praise on the school's 2011 recruiting haul, Razorback head coach John Pelphrey will finally get his chance to talk about it on Wednesday.

Four member of a class currently ranked No. 3 nationally by ESPN are slated to sign Wednesday on the first day of the week-long signing period while the other is set to sign on Friday after getting over cold feet.

The class includes 6-3 St. Louis area point guard B.J. Young, 6-8, 225-pound Little Rock Parkview forward Aaron Ross, 6-10 Westside forward Hunter Mickelson, 6-5 East Poinsett County guard Rashad Madden and 6-8, 223-pound DeVonta Abron of Seagoville, Texas.

"Honestly, we are really looking forward to tomorrow in anticipation of all that," Pelphrey said. "There has been a lot of talk about that from fans about our program. It's exciting and tomorrow is a big day. I haven't had a chance to comment yet and I am looking forward to commenting on them."

Ross is set to sign at 9 a.m. at Little Rock Parkview, Mickelson at 12:15 in Jonesboro and the two out-of-state prospects in the afternoon.

Madden said early Tuesday that he had decided to wait until April to sign, but had changed his mind by mid-afternoon and now says he will sign on Friday afternoon.

Young is a 5-star point guard regarded as a Top 20 player nationally by both Scout.com (17th) and ESPN (19th).

Madden is in the Top 30 of both organizations and Mickelson is viewed as a Top 50 guy nationally by both services.

Ross is in ESPN's Top 100 and Abron just out of both rankings.

Only Kentucky and Duke have collected better recruiting classes according to ESPN.

"What John Pelphrey needed to get done, he and his staff went out and got done," noted ESPN.com basketball analyst Dave Telep earlier this fall. "The significance of this class can not be understated. He has put them in position to get back where Arkansas once stood in the basketball world and that's as one of the elite programs in the country."


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