The Arkansas basketball program has now set up its date with at least two official visitors with more prospects’ treks expected to be added in the near future.
The Razorbacks already knew 6-10, 220-pound center Malik Dime of Ottumwa, IA, Indiana Hill Community College would be in the weekend of Sept. 19-21.
Columbia, Mo., Hickman combo guard Jimmy Whitt (6-3, 180) announced his five planned official visits Tuesday morning via Twitter.
Whitt will visit Marquette (Sept. 5-7), Illinois (Sept. 13-15), SMU (Sept. 19-21), Arkansas (Oct. 10-12) and Missouri (Oct. 25-27).
He talked about his relationship with the Razorback coaches last month while shining at the Under Armour Association Finals in Suwanee, Ga.
“They are still in great shape,” Whitt said. “I have a great relationship with them, they have a high interest in me and I certainly have a high interest in Arkansas. I think going into the process that will be a big factor for me. I can tell you it will be one of the schools that is really there for me.”
Whitt had recently narrowed his list to a top nine that had included the five visit schools along with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas and California.
He did so after consulting with his KC GMC AAU teammates at the conclusion of the AAU season.
"Those are some of the guys I've been growing up with since day one," Whitt told The Missouri newspaper. "We all had a real in-depth conversation about where we saw each other going (to college)."
He also talked about his relationship with current Razorback sophomore Manuale Watkins, a former high school and AAU teammate and son of Razorback assistant coach Melvin Watkins.
Watkins and the Arkansas coaches - formerly at Missouri - have known Whitt for 10 years now.
"He's like one of my best friends," Whitt said. "I think the relationship will have an impact because I'm familiar with them."
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Dime averaged 7.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, blocked 88 shots and connected on 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts as a freshman.
The Senegal native saw his stock soar this summer at junior college showcase events that Arkansas’ coaches attended.
He has announced official visits of USC (Aug. 29-31), Iowa State (Sept. 5-7), Arkansas (Sept. 19-21) and Washington (Sept. 27-29).
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The Razorbacks are also known to be setting up an official visit with Memphis Douglass shooting guard LeGerald Vick (6-4, 180).
They were in the mix with power forward Juwan Morgan (6-8, 220) of Waynesville, Mo., among others, but he did not list the Razorbacks in his final seven
Vick got an Arkansas offer this summer to go along with ones from Wichita State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Cincinnati.
“Arkansas is close to home and my coach’s son played for Arkansas, Todd Day, so I know a little bit about them,” Vick said. “I think I would fit into their system as well.”
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