Kapita Set To Visit Arkansas This Weekend
It may be a Homecoming weekend for football, but the Arkansas’ basketball program will be hosting one of the nation’s best big men in hopes he will make Fayetteville his home next season.
Huntington Prep standout Ted Kapita (6-9, 220), a native of the Congo, will take his official visit to Arkansas beginning Friday and will be accompanied by Express head coach Arkell Bruce.
Kapita, a four-star prospect who Scout.com, is the nation’s 34th-best player overall in the 2015 class. He has also taken visits to West Virginia and Memphis and is set to visit Missouri soon.
“He is a player like (NBA star) Kenneth Faried in that he plays hard, really attacks and has a high motor and is a great rebounder, but I think he shoots the ball better than Faried,” Bruce said. “I think some people sleep on him offensively, but he has a lot more skill than people think.”
Kapita arrived in the United States in September, 2011 and has played at Florida Air Academy – where he averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds last season - before deciding to transfer to Huntington for his senior season.
It is the same West Virginia school where current Razorback sophomore center Moses Kinglsey finished his prep career.
“He is a strong, strong kid and has broad shoulders and will put on another 20 pounds or so of muscle,” Bruce said. “He has a great work ethic, but I would say one of the things we are working with him is knowing that in college he will have to play hard every night, that the players are going to be just as good as yours.”
Bruce is in his first season as head coach at Huntington Prep, but has been at the school since its inception in 2009 and thus he knows Arkansas coaches.
“Arkansas’ coaches are world-class guys and great coaches,” Bruce said. “I have really enjoyed being around them when they are recruiting our kids.
“I am really looking forward to getting up there and seeing them practice – the whole 40 Minutes of Hell and all that,” Bruce added. “I want Ted to see the intensity they work out with so he’ll see the level that it takes in college.”
Kapita did not play AAU basketball in 2013, but did play with Team Texas in 2014.
His best game during the summer came while playing for the Pan Africa Team at the Nike Global Challenge in August.
Kapita had 36 points and 16 rebounds in a 121-116 loss to the USA East squad as he hit 15-of-22 field goals, 6-of-9 free throws, blocked four shots and had three steals.
Scout.com national analyst Rob Harrington was on hand for that game.
“He does his best work at the rim,” Harrington said. “Which is to say, he does his best work above the rim. Kapita is a springy athlete who rises for numerous slams and rebounds.
“He also blocks shots emphatically and runs the floor to make himself a factor in the transition game,” Harrington added. “He's also strong in a lean way. Kapita boasts broad shoulders that will enable him to become a monster on the glass at the college level.”
Bruce takes over at Huntington Prep for new Missouri assistant Rob Fulford. The pair founded the program in 2009.
“It’s different in that I have my own vision of how I want things to go and I’m excited about this season,” Bruce said. “I think we have a great chance to be a top 10, maybe top five team nationally.”
Lead photo courtesy of Nike Basketball's Jon Lopez
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