Arkansas Lands A 2013 Big Man

Arkansas now has a pair of 2013 basketball commits as Mike Anderson's program gets a Saturday pledge from Little Rock Hall big man Bobby Portis (6-9, 226).

Arkansas' basketball program may not have any 2012 commits yet, but they already have a pair of 2013 ones.

Little Rock Hall big man Bobby Portis (6-9, 226) committed to the Razorbacks on Saturday after taking an unofficial visit to the campus during the school's Elite Basketball Camp.

He joins Clarksville point guard Dederick Lee (6-1, 160) – who participated in Saturday's camp - as juniors-to-be who have already pledged to be Razorbacks.

"I am a hometown boy," Portis said. "I just want to be a Razorback and I think (Arkansas) coach Mike Anderson and his staff are going to take care of me."

After the summer, Portis landed offers from Arkansas, Florida, Baylor, Nebraska and Memphis and has also been getting interest from Kansas and Texas as well.

"I can say that this summer I just really played hard against some great competition out there," Portis said while on an unofficial visit during Arkansas' Elite Camp on Aug. 6th. "I had to play hard against them to reach my goals."

Arkansas has a new coach in Mike Anderson, who was part of the glory days of Razorback basketball back in the 80s and 90s.

"I think I can fit in real good here and I would really like to play here," Portis said. "I think Coach Anderson is going to bring back all the success they had back in the day."

Portis has grown up a Razorback fan and has a former Arkansas star that he would like to follow in the footsteps of when he heads to college.

"Since I was like eight years, Corliss Williamson was my AAU coach," Portis said. "I would watch old films of him playing and decided I wanted to be like him. I decided I wanted to be a Razorback then and I went to work to make that start happening."

Portis has great skills for a big player, but thinks his biggest attribute is his mentality.

"I think the best thing about me is I am all about winning," Portis said. "I don't come to play, I come to win. That's the way we are at Hall, where we have had a dynasty you might say."

After the three aforementioned sophomores moved into the starting lineup in July, the Wings won 14 of their last 16 games.

"I think our three sophomores really helped the EYBL team because while we were inexperienced, I guess you could say we had the dog in us," Portis said. "We all wanted to just win."


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