Perfect Match for Roby

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Memphis White Station junior guard Davell Roby (6-5, 195), who has Arkansas at the top of his list and plans a visit soon.

As one of the top juniors in a city loaded with basketball talent, Memphis, Tenn., White Station guard Davell Roby (6-5, 195) has plenty of options.

But Mike Anderson's University of Arkansas program may just be the best fit.

"I love Coach Anderson and how he coaches his teams - hard-nosed and he wants you full effort on every play," Roby said. "I followed his teams at Missouri and now at Arkansas and that's definitely the kind of guy I need to play for to get the most out of me. I just love talking to Coach Anderson and (Razorback assistant) Coach T.J. Cleveland."

Roby was scheduled to be at Arkansas' Prime Time at the Palace Friday night, but will be unable to attend because of some practices.

"I've been trying to get up there for about a month now and something has always come up," Roby said. "This time Coach (Jesus Patino) has some extra stuff he wants us to do. I am definitely going to get up there in the next few weeks. I want to get up there because they are at the very top of my list."

Roby's list includes a plenty of offers, including Arkansas.

"I have offers from Arkansas and every other team in the SEC except for Kentucky and Florida," Roby said. "I also have offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and UAB."

All of those schools see an athletic player with a lot of basketball skills.

"I feel like I have a pretty good overall game," Roby said. "I am able to drive, get my own shot and shoot the 3-pointer. I also feel pretty good about my defense. I would say that the one thing I am working on is my mid-range game to try and make me harder to defend."

He is currently experiencing a growth spurt.

"I was 6-2 in the ninth grade, then 6-4 as a 10th grader and I am now 6-5," Roby said.

White Station is loaded this season with 6-7 junior and Baylor commit Leron Black and a newcomer in Bartlett transfer Chris Chiozza (5-11, 155).

Chiozza, who was a teammate last season of with UA guard Anthlon Bell, is also being recruited by Arkansas.

"I played point guard the last two seasons, but I am going to be a combo guy this season with Chris coming over," Roby said. "We didn't have a great year last season, but we feel like we can compete for a state title this season."

Roby and Chiozza will play three games this season in Arkansas. White Station will open the season in the Marion Classic Nov. 19-20 with games against West Memphis and Marion.

The Spartans will also play Razorback 2013 commitment Bobby Portis (6-10, 220) and his Little Rock Hall squad in the Memphis vs. Arkansas Classic on Dec. 1. They will also play in several other tournaments, including one in Las Vegas.

"We are all very excited about the schedule and all the teams we are getting to play," Roby said. "It is going to make us a better team and give us a better chance to win the state title."

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