Seagears Raves About Arkansas

Transferring Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears (6-1, 180) talked to Hawgs Illustrated Sunday afternoon about his impressions of Arkansas' basketball program and its fans after taking his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.

Transferring Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears had talked about taking a while to make a decision on his next destination, but said Sunday afternoon that might not be the case now.

After visits to Arkansas and Auburn the past two weekend, the 6-1, 180-pound Seagears says he likely is going to make a decision between those two schools.

"I had a great visit to Arkansas this weekend and they got across to me how I could really be the guy the Razorbacks needed to make that next step," Seagears said. "I think the situations at Arkansas and Auburn are both great ones for me and I think I am going to end up at one of those two places."

Update: Seegears confirmed Monday via text that he will announce his decision on Wednesday between Arkansas and Auburn.

Seagears – who had also been considering Baylor, West Virginia and Marquette – expounded on how he would fit in at Arkansas under head coach Mike Anderson.

"When you look at where I would come in at point guard and fit in with guys Alandise (Harris) and Coty (Clarke) and then the two young big guys in Bobby (Portis) and Moses (Kingsley), you can see where that would be a great fit for me for my last two years," Seagears said. "I am the missing piece for Arkansas at point guard. I think they have everything else.

"I know I would be a great fit in Coach Anderson's system because I can get the ball and go and get it to the guys to get them shots and I can also create my own," Seagears said. "I can really see it being something special."

Seagears, a top 100 pick nationally as a prepster, averaged 32 points, 9 assists and 6.5 rebounds as a senior at Flora MacDonald (NC) Academy.

He averaged around 7 points and 3 assists for Rutgers while starting 40 games the past two seasons for the Scarlet Knights.

He has a long relationship with Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins, who recruited him when they were at Missouri.

"I know Coach Anderson and Coach Watkins are great coaches and great people and coaches who have had a great deal of success," Seagears said. "They turned Missouri around and I know they are going to do that at Arkansas and I am very interested in being a part of that."

It was Seagears' second visit to Fayetteville as he played in the Real Deal on the Hill as a member of the DC Assault AAU Tournament.

"I really enjoyed it back then and it was actually the last Real Deal on the Hill before they moved it," Seagears said. "All five of our starters on that team went on to sign Division I scholarships."

Seagears got a chance to see the Arkansas spirit while dining at the Catfish Hole restaurant.

"That was one of the greatest things I have ever been a part of," Seagears said. "The food was great and the fans were all calling the Hogs and telling me how much they wanted me. The Arkansas fans are the best I have seen."

Seagears is one of five Rutgers players transferring after the firing of head coach Mike Rice for physical and verbal abuse that was caught on tape.

He hopes to be immediately eligible next season instead of having to sit out.

"I don't know what is going to happen with that, but a lot of people seem to think that we are going to be able to play next season," Seagears said. "I am just hoping that it what happens."

Seagears said that he does not have a definite timetable yet on a decision – or if he is going to take any other visits now after this two.

"I think what I will probably do is just cut it down the middle of this week or so," Seagears said. "I really think Arkansas and Auburn are probably the best situations for me and I just want to do some thinking about what each school's basketball program has to offer."

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