The top 2012 prospect on hand for Saturday's Arkansas Elite Basketball camp was likely Memphis Bartlett combo guard Anthlon Bell (6-3, 180), a Detroit native who got an offer from Arkansas earlier this summer.
He is a Memphis YOMCA teammate of prime Arkansas target Jarnell Stokes and one that city's best shooters.
"It was real cool meeting the coaches and the players around here, going through the drills they do in practice, just the whole experience of how they do things in college," Bell said.
Bell averaged over 25 points and 5 assists per game last season and enters the season as No. 3 on the school's all-time scoring list.
He has has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, Richmond, Central Florida, Kent State, Tulsa and Jacksonville and is getting interest from Florida State.
"I am close to picking a top five and should have one real soon – before the season starts probably," Bell said.
He is likely to take at least three official visits.
"I was just talking to the (Arkansas) coaches about sitting one up here pretty quick," Bell said. "I will also probably take one down to Auburn and probably Florida State."
Bell is a fan of Razorback head coach Mike Anderson, who takes over at Arkansas after being at Missouri.
"I like the program (here) and what he did at Missouri," Bell said. "I think he can do that here. I love his style of play, pressure defense, up and down. I like that. That is important because I like that style of play. I like to get up and down."
Memphis YOMCA head coach Jevonte Holmes has a nickname for the young man.
"His range is anytime he crosses halfcourt," Holmes told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "I feel confident in him shooting it from anywhere. I call him the black J.J. Reddick."
Bell realizes his is known for his shooting, but thinks his ability to distribute the ball is also a strength.
"I know that my main strength is my shooting," Bell said. "Probably after that is my vision on the floor. I can see other people, get some assists and help them score."
Bell is hoping for a state championship this season.
"Last year we did okay," Bell said. "We had a 20-win season, but lost in the first round. We are planning on improving on that, moving past the first round and hopefully winning state."
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