Temarcus Blanton (6-5, 197) was a good young basketball player before he took the court for the first time this spring in an AAU tournament in Pittsburgh, but that is definitely the time that he made a name for himself.
The Locust Grove (Ga.) Luella star shot up to a four-star wing player and the 26th-best small forward prospect in the country according to Scout.com while playing with the Atlanta Xpress AAU squad this spring and summer.
"Arkansas started recruiting me right after Pittsburgh and so did a bunch of other schools," Blanton said Monday afternoon. "I picked the right time at the right place to do my best."
Blanton picked up some 17 offers soon after that, including one from the Razorbacks and head coach Mike Anderson.
"I really like Coach Anderson," Blanton said. "I love his style of getting up and down the court and playing fast. That's what I do best. I can see myself being a really good fit in his system. They have been on me hard and I have noticed that. It means a lot to me."
He has a final six of Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida State, Auburn, George Mason and the College of Charleston.
Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State are among the other schools that extended offers per Blanton.
"I haven't set up any official visits yet because we are trying to get them where they will fit my dad's work schedule," Blanton said. "But Arkansas will definitely be one of my official visits."
Blanton, who best friend is former classmate and current Paris, Arkansas, resident Ja'Kyra Austin, averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds last season.
"I feel like the best part of my game right now is my slashing ability and getting to the rim," Blanton said. "I think I handle the ball really well and also have a nice pull-up game. I just keep working hard trying to improve my game every day."
Arkansas has three pledges in its 2014 class so far with North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180), Forrest City center Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) and Arlington (Texas) Martin shooting guard Nick Babb (6-4, 180).
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