Durham Brightens Arkansas' Day

Arkansas lands a commitment Thursday night from Seminole State point guard Jabril Durham (6-1, 180), a former Texas prep star who averaged 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds this season and chose the Razorbacks over Oklahoma State, Marquette and Texas A&M among others.

ATLANTA – Arkansas may have lost a game on Thursday, but gained a point guard.

Seminole State point guard Jabril Durham (6-1, 180) confirmed Thursday night that he had committed to the Razorbacks.

Durham – originally from Desoto, Texas - chose Arkansas over Oklahoma State, Marquette, Texas A&M, and others after a season in which he averaged 21.2 points, 6.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game.

"I chose Arkansas on prayer and guidance from God and then my family," Durham said. "Then I knew it was the right fit for me. The coaching staff is big on family, which I am, too.

"They cared enough to fly to my house and meet with my parents and then flew out to see me on numerous occasions (and) that shows they care and need me in their program," Durham added.

"I have two years left and I want to attend a school that needs me, not (just) wants me," Durham continued. "They have recruited me the heaviest and I love Coach Anderson's style of play."

Arkansas is 21-11 this season after losing to South Carolina 71-69 Thursday afternoon at the SEC Tournament.

That loss probably bounced the Razorbacks out of the NCAA Tournament, but those brackets will be announced Sunday evening.

"I know that I can help Arkansas basketball continually improve back to the tradition that they are used to with my leadership, my instinctive ability knowing when to shoot or pass and the character I display," Durham said.

Durham will team with North Little Rock standout Anton Beard (6-1, 180) and give the Razorbacks two more pure point guards than they have this season.

Beard had a game-high 29 points and was named the MVP of the Class 7A state tournmament to lead the Charging Wildcats to an 89-81 win over Springdale on Thursday night.

It will allow Rashad Madden to move to the shooting guard.

Durham started his career at NAIA Lubbock Christian.

He averaged 11.1 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game before deciding to transfer to a junior college in his quest to play NCAA Division I basketball.

At Seminole this season, Durham shot 50.1 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from 3-point range while also making 74.2 percent of his free throw attempts.

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