The way Flora MacDonald (NC) head coach Derrick Bond sees it his former star - transferring Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears - could be the missing piece for next season's Razorback basketball team.
Seagears (6-1, 180) is currently visiting Auburn this weekend and has an official visit set up to Arkansas next weekend. The sophomore will follow that with visits to West Virginia and Marquette before making a decision according to Bond.
"He sees a great opportunity for himself at Arkansas and he is immensely interested in joining the Razorbacks," Bond said. "He knows they have the big guys coming in, he knows they have a lot of good parts already and sees himself as a guy that is a missing piece that could not only get them into the tournament, but maybe as far as the Sweet 16.
"We really think Arkansas is sleeping giant that is just ready to come alive with the right point guard and – yes, I am biased – but I think this kid can be as good as anyone in the country in the right situation," Bond added.
Seagears, who will have two years of eligibility left, was a top 100 prospect nationally coming out of Flora MacDonald, where he transferred for his senior season after playing in his home town of Silver Springs, Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C.
He averaged 32 points, 9 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game that senior year and chose Rutgers over West Virginia, Seton Hall and DePaul.
The former DC Assault AAU star averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as freshman at Rutgers while starting 25 games, including the final 21 of the season.
He then started 19 this season while averaging 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season , shooting 37 percent from the floor, 38 percent from 3-point range and 74 percent from the field.
He is one of five players leaving the Rutgers program in wake of the firing of abusive head coach Mike Rice and Bond believes that those players will get immediate eligibility instead of having to sit out a year.
"Let's be honest, everybody and their dog comes up with that excuse of a sick grandmother and I am sure there really are some, but I have never heard of so many sick grandmothers in my life," Bond said. These guys have had to go through a terrible situation and I have to believe the NCAA is going to let them all be immediately eligible next season."
Bond said Seagears is just looking to start all over.
"He just needs a fresh start and he thinks it is just best for him to move on and find the best fit," Bond said. "We think that could be Arkansas. It is a sleeping giant and if you add him in with the other guys they have, then I think they might really wake up."
Seagears To Visit Arkansas
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
TCU vs Iowa State primerAfter falling in double-overtime to Arkansas, TCU looks to get back to their winning ways against Iowa State.
Horned Frog Insider09/15/2016
The Ultimate Midlands TeamThere is a lot of talent in the Midlands region, with a vast majority of the highest rated recruits playing high school football in the Lone Star State. Which prospects made the…
These rival helmet color swaps are revoltingSwapping rival teams' helmet colors? It shouldn't have been done, but someone did it anyway.
Post-July 2017 Top 100 Player RankingsWith the July evaluation periods, Nike Skills Academy, adidas Nations and Under Armour's Elite 24 over, Scout's basketball recruiting team has updated the 2017 top 100. DeAndre…
2017 South Region Top 150The stars are lined up in the 2017 South Top 150 and you can see the full pre-season list here...