Arkansas has a new point guard in the fold and he's looking forward to playing in the same backcourt as B.J. Young.
Alexandria (LA) Peabody star Dee Wagner (5-10, 185) – recently named Mr. Basketball in Louisiana signed with the Razorbacks on Wednesday morning and faxed in his letter-of-intent.
He becomes the fourth signee of the 2012 class for Arkansas and the first of the five-week late signing period that opened Wednesday.
"I'm very excited to be a Razorback and know I am coming to a program that is about to do big things," Wagner said. "I really think we can compete for a national championship while I am there. It's great that BJ Young is coming back. I can't wait to get him the ball."
Young, whose 15.3 average led both the Razorbacks and all SEC freshmen, announced Monday night that he was taken his name out of the NBA draft and coming back for next season.
"I have watched him play some games and done some research on line and he's a great player," Wagner said. "I'm looking forward to playing alongside him and learning from him and the other guys."
Wagner, who averaged 20.2 points, 5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3 steals for a 35-1 team this past season that won the Class 4A state title.
He also set the Peabody record for free throw percentage by knocking down 90 percent of his charity tosses.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was obviously happy to add Wagner, whose full first name is DeQuavious.
"I am excited to have DeQuavious become a part of our program," Anderson said. "He brings a winning mentality and a warrior's workmanship. He has quickness, toughness, vision and a high basketball IQ, all qualities that will add to our team."
Wagner led "Warhorse Mation" to a 109-5 record over the past three seasons and sports a 3.6 grade point average.
"DeQuavious is also a very good student and above all a character guy," Anderson said. "(Peabody head coach) Coach Charles Smith is one of the winningest coaches in the state of Louisiana and says that DeQuaviousis the best leader that he has ever had and knows how to win."
Peabody assistant coach Kendrick Smith echoed that sentiment.
"Whatever we needed to do to win, that's what Dee did for us," Smith said. "We have won two state titles in three years and been in the championship game all three years. He would get the big basket, make the pass or even get a rebound that would do it for us. He's just terrific and Arkansas is getting a great player."
The Razorbacks will add back in injured start Marshawn Powell and likely seven other new players to next season's roster.
That includes the three early signees – 6-8 Jacorey Williams, 6-5 Michael Qualls and 6-4 Anthlon Bell – in addition to a pair of Arkansas-born transfers in 6-3 former Oklahoma State guard Fred Gulley and 6-6, 230-pound Alandise Harris, who is transferring from Houston.
The Razorbacks are also expected to add a center in the spring signing period and will also have 6-6 football signee MeKale McKay join the team after the gridiron season is over.
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