Spring Signing Period Arrives

Arkansas landed a pair of top 50 nationally-ranked big men in the fall, but is not sure whether it will use either of its two available scholarships this spring as the month-long late signing period opens today and last through May 15,

The April 17-May 15 spring basketball signing period opens on Wednesday, but it is not a certainty that Arkansas will add anyone to its top 20 ranked early signing period duo of 6-10 big men Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley.

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson – who has two available scholarships after the decisions of sophomore guard B.J. Young and redshirt junior Marshawn Powell to put their name in the NBA draft – said his staff is still looking at some spring options.

"We never stop recruiting, so there is a possibility we may sign one at this point in time," Anderson said after his team's basketball banquet on Monday night.

Anderson, who found out Tuesday that sophomore forward Hunter Mickelson would be transferring out of the program, also mentioned the possibility of having a transfer into the program or saving those two scholarships until 2014.

Anderson said he wasn't surprised to see either Young or Powell enter the draft this season.

"When you look at a guy like BJ, last year he put his name in so my inner instincts told me, ‘Hey, the possibility is there,'" Anderson said. "So when he did it, it didn't really catch me off guard or surprise me.

"Marshawn is a guy that has been through quite a bit," Anderson added. "He's going on his fifth year. He's 23 years old, so maybe in his mind it's time for me to move on.

"Marshawn gave us everything he had," Anderson continued. " BJ did as well. We wish them well."


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