DeVonta's Big Plans

Razorback signee DeVonta Abron (6-8, 233) hates to see his future college team struggling, but states that he and the rest of the 2011 signees are planning on coming in and helping transform Arkansas back into a program that wins championship rings.

DeVonta Abron knows Arkansas basketball fans are bummed out at the moment, what with three straight losses and the possibility of a third straight late-season collapse.

So the Seagoville (Texas) High standout wanted to pass a message along to those fans.

"Tell them, we're coming up there to win rings," Abron said. "We won't settle for anything else."

The "them" that Abron (6-8, 233) – who is averaging 27.5 points and 11.2 rebounds this season - is the five Razorback signees in the 2011 class.

He joins B.J. Young (6-3, 170), Hunter Mickelson (6-10, 210), Aaron Ross (6-8, 230) and Rashad Madden (6-5, 180) as a talented group of signees, ranked as the sixth-best nationally by ESPN.com.

Those signees' teams have combined to go a collective 96-17 entering this week.

"You look at our group and we have somebody at every spot, we are all winners," Abron said. "I'm really excited about all of us getting up there."

Abron has certainly had a banner season, including a 41-point, 20-rebound effort against North Dallas on Jan. 18.

He admits he was given a little extra motivation when the captains were called together before the game.

"Their guys started talking noise and I said ‘oh, it's like that, huh?,' Abron remembered. "So I decided to go out and shut all that up. I did."

Seagoville was supposed to be playing Wednesday night, but heavy snow forced its game with Molina to be postponed.

"It was supposed to be senior night and I bet we don't get to play (Thursday night) against South Oak Cliff," Abron said. "We are third in our district right now and the top four teams advance."

Abron has been able to watch his future college team several times on TV.

"They were playing really good, but have been slacking here lately and I think trying to do too much individually and not as much as a team," Abron said. "I hope they get it turned back around. That's one thing I know we are going to do next year is play as a team. I really like all the guys I am coming in with."

There has been a lot of speculation on how Abron will be used next season considering he will be one of the bigger players on the roster, but is also very skilled and can knock down shots from the outside.

"The coaches don't know exactly how I am going to be used until we all get there together," Abron said. "But I do know that we have talked about how strong I am in the post and can power over people down there and how I can also step out and hit shots all way to the three point line.

"I'm just coming in to help out and make an impact right away," Abron added. "We all are."

Abron, whose injured teammate Andrew Peterson is coming to Arkansas on a football scholarship, is also sure about one other thing.

"I want to come in and be a leader right away," Abron said. "That is one thing that I have really tried to be for our team this season. I will have to come in and earn the respect to be a leader, but that's what I am planning on doing."





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