Dime To Announce In Mid-October

Indian Hills CC big man Malik Dime (6-10, 220) will announce his decision in the middle of October per his head coach while Arkansas 2015 commit Jimmy Whitt will make his official visit this weekend and a pair of 2016 in-state standouts are also likely to be around.

After taking four official visits, Ottumwa, Iowa, Indian Hills Community College center Malik Dime is taking a little time to ponder his decision before he makes an announcement.

That is according to Warriors head coach John Wardenburg, who has taken over after previously serving as an assistant coach.

“He's back from the visits and just wants to spend a little time thinking about it,” Wardenburg said. “He'll announce his decision sometime during the middle of the month.”

Dime is a 6-10, 220-pound center from Senegal who made official visits to Iowa State, Rutgers, Arkansas and Washington.

“It will definitely be one of those four schools,” Wardenburg said.

Indian Hill is the nation's top-ranked junior college team heading into the 2014-2015 season after falling in last season's national championship game in Hutchinson, Kan.

Dime averaged 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds and blocked 88 shots while playing around 20 minutes per game.

“He has had a great off-season and is in position to have a great year,” Wardenburg said. “He has worked hard to improve his offense and is just gifted defensively.”

Indian Hills is scheduled to play shootouts in Dallas on Oct. 10 and Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 19 and also has a home exhibition game with Wayne State on Nov. 1 before opening its season against Nov. 7 against Lee College.

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One future Razorback and one very young and very tall in-state prospect were among the 53 players invited to the USA Junior National Team mini-camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 4-5.

Columbia, Mo., Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt (6-2, 170) and Arkansas Baptist freshman Connor Vanover (7-1, 180) were among those on hand.

Witt, who committed to the Razorbacks on Aug. 19, is making his official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

Van Buren junior Mitchell Smith (6-10, 200) is slated to be in Fayetteville for an unofficial visit this weekend. Bentonville junior guard Malik Monk has been a constant in Fayetteville on football weekends.

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LaGrange, Ga., Sound Doctrine Academy head coach Vin Sparacio said that Arkansas' staff will be back in to see 6-10, 220-pound center Johncarlos Reyes and 6-9, 200-pound forward Shawntez Davis on Thursday.

"(Arkansas assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins was in here a couple of weeks ago and I think the whole staff is coming back on Thursday," Sparacio said Wednesday afternoon. "They really loved both of them and want to get back in here again and take another look. Things went well."

It appears both players will be spring signees.

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Monk (6-4, 190) – one of the nation's top five players in the 2016 class per Scout.com – will have a chance to showcase his talent on ESPN and also in several tournaments this season.

Monk's Tigers will officially open their season by hosting St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade College Prep, who is led by the nation's top 2016 prospect in Jayson Tatum (6-7, 190), in an ESPN Showcase game on Nov. 29 at a time to be announced.

That tournament list includes one at Van Buren Dec. 2-7, the prestigious City of Palms Tournament in Ft. Myers., Fla., on Dec. 19 and the Bass Pro Invitational in Springfield, Mo., on Jan. 15-17.

Bentonville will host its Black and Gold scrimmage on Nov. 13, play a benefit game with visiting Conway on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m

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