Informative Visit

Even though he signed with the Razorbacks last week, Alexandria (LA) Peabody point guard Dee Wagner (5-10, 185) is just now taking his official visit to Fayetteville and Louisiana's Mr. Basketball is getting a taste of the how hard his future team works.

Arkansas spring basketball signee Dee Wagner knows college is going to be considerably tougher than high school and he got a taste of that on Tuesday afternoon.

Wagner (5-10, 185), recently named Mr. Basketball in Louisiana and currently taking his official visit, had a chance to go through a individual workout with three current Razorbacks – something the NCAA allows after you to do in the spring if you have completed your prep eligibility.

"It's different and man, you have got to work up here," Wagner said. "It's continuous. There are no breaks and it is straight work. Everybody works hard up here. I will be working hard just to get ready to be ready for this."

Wagner averaged 20.2 points, 5 rebounds, 4.8 assists rebounds and 3 steals this past season while leading Alexandria (LA) Peabody to the Class 4A championship.

He chose Arkansas over scholarship offers from Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State and late interest from Georgetown and LSU and will be one of six to eight new faces on the court for the Razorbacks next season.

"Coach Anderson is a great coach and we are going to be changing this program around very quickly with all the new guys and the ones that are still here," Wagner said. "We are going to do this."

Wagner signed with Arkansas last Wednesday on the opening day of the April 11-May 16 signing period.

"It was a very emotional day," Wagner said. "It was very big for me and all of my family was there, lot of supporters and our fans. It was very big for me."

He did so without ever being in Fayetteville, which he got to see on Monday for the first time when he arrived for his official visit.

"Everything has been good," Wagner said. "The campus, the players, the coaches, they have been taking good care of me eating. There is just nothing bad I can say about this place. It's great."

Wagner admits he can't wait to play in front of 20,000 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

"I've played before some big crowds, but nothing even close to that," Wagner said. "It's going to be exciting. I want to play in that atmosphere. I'll love it and it won't bother whether it is our fans cheering us on or the other team's fans getting on me on the road."

Wagner admits his phone has blown up since signing with Arkansas.

"I've got a lot more friends and fans," Wagner said. "My phone has been getting so many new numbers calling it and all the fans are hitting me up on facebook and twitter. It's an exciting time for me."

Arkansas' coaches will be on the road the next two weeks for AAU tournaments and then will host at least a couple of big men in May.

"I like all these guys we are bringing in," Wagner said. "We are all winners and that is what Coach Anderson wants in the program – a bunch of winners."

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