The worst kept secret in Arkansas athletics the last month or so is now official - Fayetteville High star star and All-Arkansas player Manuale Watkins will be a Razorback.
Arkansas head basketball coach Mike Anderson announced that Thursday on the radio show "Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly" that Watkins (6-3, 190) will be a walk on for his team this upcoming season.
"Manuale is a tough kid who embodies what I'm about, and that is a guy who is blue-collar," Anderson said. "He's got a chance to come in and really help our basketball team, especially in practice learning the ropes and learning this level. He's got the size for a guard."
Watkins averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds this past season for a Fayetteville team that lost to North Little Rock in the Class 7A state championship game.
Watkins, the son of Arkansas assistant coach Melvin Watkins, was named first-team All-Arkansas by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
He chose walking on for the Razorbacks over scholarship offers from Missouri State and Oral Roberts University and interest from George Washington and Boston College..
He joins Little Rock Hall and McDonald's All American forward Bobby Portis (6-11, 230) and Huntington (WV) Prep center Moses Kingsley (6-10, 232) - two top 40 players nationally - as well as Houston transfer Alandise Harris (6-6, 230) as newcomers for Arkansas next season.
Watkins Joins Razorback Roster
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