Durham Signs With Arkansas

Arkansas' basketball program adds a spring signee Friday morning when Seminole, Okla., State point guard Jabril Durham (6-1, 180) officially signs his letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks

Seminole State point guard Jabril Durham (6-1, 180) is now signed, sealed and will soon be delivered to Arkansas.

Durham became the fourth member of the Razorbacks' 2014 signing class Friday when he signed his letter-of-intent in a ceremony at his school.

"Jabril fills a need in the backcourt, possessing the ability to create for others and score the basketball from the point guard position," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said.

"He's a great fit to our style of play and brings maturity, stability and leadership to the team," Anderson added. "He plays with a grit and toughness that is required to play the brand of basketball that Arkansas is known for. I'm excited to welcome him to the Razorback family."

He joins three fall signees – North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180), Forrest City big man Trey Thompson (6-10, 250) and Arlington, Texas, Martin shooting guard Nick Babb (6-5, 190) as new faces on next season's Arkansas roster along with expected Texas Tech transfer Dusty Hannahs (6-4, 210) and West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles (6-7, 217) – who will be eligible after sitting out this past season.

"I feel like this is something that is a product of putting in a lot of hard work and believing that I could play at this level," Durham said. "I am very excited about being a Razorback."

Durham, who started his college career at Division II Lubbock Christian, averaged 21 points, 6.7 assists and 5.5 rebounds this past season for Seminole State.

He shot 50.1 percent from the field, 44.1 percent from the 3-point line and 74.2 percent from the free throw line this past season and chose Arkansas over Marquette, Oklahoma State, Auburn and others.

Durham's faith is very important to him and he says God has guided him to this place.

"It's very humbling," Durham said. "My mom and dad told me that God has a plan for you that no man can take away. It was tough when I didn't get to play early on in my high school career, when I didn't have great stats in AAU ball and later on when college coaches were telling me that I was a scoring point guard so they weren't going to recruit me.

"But I just kept my faith, got in the word and worked hard on the court and off in becoming a better man and a better player," Durham added. "As you can see now, all that has paid off for me. I give Him all the credit and glory."

Durham and Beard are expected to handle the point guard duties next season and allow senior-to-be Rashad Madden to move to shooting guard.

Durham will be on the Arkansas campus as soon as he can after graduating from Seminole State on May 20.

"I think the first summer session starts on May 27 and I an excited about getting with my new teammates and continuing this journey that I have started on," Durham said. "I think it is a perfect fit for me and I couldn't be more exited."

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