A Spring Decision

While watching Arkansas Wings AAU teammate Aaron Ross play and win on Friday afternoon in the Class 6A state tournament in Marion, Van Buren center Hooper Vint (6-11, 220) took time to talk about his upcoming college decision and where the Razorbacks might fit in the picture.

MARION - If he had his way, Van Buren big man Hooper Vint would be battling Arkansas signee and Little Rock Parkview star Aaron Ross Saturday afternoon for the right to play in the Class 6A state title game.

But the host team ended that dream on Thursday night so Vint (6-11, 220) had to just watch his fellow Arkansas Wings AAU teammate play for fun Friday afternoon instead of scouting purposes.

Marion downed Van Buren 45-24 to end the Pointers' season at 20-8 as Vint, who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, was limited to just six points.

"That is definitely not the way we wanted to end the season, but we had a very good year," said Vint, who had 14 points in the Pointers' 54-19 win over Sheridan in the opening round.

Vint was a big key in helping Van Buren to its first conference title since 1999.

"You can always improve everywhere, but I thought I had a great year," Vint said. "It was a lot of fun."

Ross had 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead Parkview to a 67-53 win over El Dorado and into Saturday's 1:30 p.m. semifinal against Marion.

The winner will play for the title next weekend in Hot Springs.

Arkansas' other two 2011 in-state signees also moved into the semifinals with wins on Friday.

Hunter Mickelson's Westside team topping Pea Ridge 66-39 at the Class 4A Tournament while Rashad Madden's EPC squad ripped Augusta 70-39 at the Class 2A event.

Ross, who played with Arkansas assistant coach Rob Evans looking on, was off-limits to the media after the game because Patriots head coach Al Flanigan felt his star was misquoted earlier in the week.

"I don't want him talking about (embattled Arkansas head) Coach (John) Pelphrey and the Razorbacks," Flanigan said.

While Ross knew where he wanted to go from the ninth grade, Vint is still making up his mind.

"I couldn't make a decision on where I want to go and I thought more schools might come after me," Vint said. "Now that season is over, I am going to take some visits and decide where I want to go."

He has offers from Nebraska, UTEP, UALR and Wichita State while Arkansas – where his dad Bobby was once a standout – has continued to stay in contact with Vint.

"I haven't set up any visits yet, but I am looking to go to maybe UTEP, I'm always looking at UALR, Arkansas has been looking at me and I have an offer from Nebraska."

Arkansas – who doesn't have an available scholarship at the moment - remains a viable option per Vint, who the Razorback staff has been to see play this season.

"I think they are in a rebuilding stage and just out there scrapping instead of out-talenting people," Vint said. "I am definitely interested to see how things work out."

Vint has gone from a skinny 190 pounder sophomore to a 220-pound senior.

"In the offseason I just got in the weight room and was eating a lot," Vint said. "I will start that up again now."


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