Arkansas will add at least one signee on the first day of the Nov. 12-19 early signing period as Columbia, Mo. Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt (6-3, 170) will ink his letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Razorback head coach Mike Anderson can't discuss players until after their signed letter of intent is faxed to campus, but can speak generally.
“We feel good about where we are right now,” Anderson said at his Tuesday press conference.
Whitt chose the Razorbacks over hometown Missouri, SMU, Illinois, Marquette and a host of other offers.
“The way Jimmy has handled all this tells me a lot about the young man and how mature he is,” Hickman head coach David Johnson said Tuesday. “He had a chance to take all five of his visits and go to a lot of different places, but he went down to Arkansas for a visit, gave me a call a call while he was there and said “I have made up my mind and I'm sure.'
“He just really feels that Arkansas is the right place for him,” Johnson added. “He loves those coaches, loves being around those players and the style of play is just a perfect fit for him. Arkansas is getting a great one.”
Whitt, a four-star prospect and a top 60 player nationally per Scout.com, averaged 22 points last season with a whopping 140 steals and 44 blocks for the 27-3 Kewpies, who lost in the state finals.
He already holds school records for points (1,586) and steals (303) after three years of prep basketball.
“He is just a fantastic basketball player and a great athlete,” Johnson said. “He may be only 6-2 or 6-3, but has some much length and the wing span of a 7-foot-3 player and that's why he is able to get so many steals.
“Jimmy is also a guy who is stronger than he looks,” Johnson added. “He may be only 170 pounds or so and people are always talking about his weight and needing to add more, but I tell you he is a strong young man. He gets in that weight room and throws those weights around and when he takes off his shirt, you can see he is all muscle.”
Whitt is the only returning starter for Hickman, who plans to play 12 or 13 players a game after having a rotation of only seven or so last season.
The Kewpies will be on display on Nov. 29 at the ESPN 99.5 Classic in Bentonville.
“I have really been proud of how Jimmy has stepped forward as a leader,” Johnson said. “He's been just kind of the go-along guy since we had four senior starters, but he is much more vocal now and is really taking over this team.
“It may sound strange since he averaged 22 points last season, but I also expect him to carry more of the scoring load this season,” Johnson added. “I think he is poised for a great season.”
Arkansas is also hopeful of signing 6-9, 220-pound Huntington Prep big man Ted Kapita, but it appears that he will wait until the spring signing period according to his head coach Arkell Bruce.
Whitt Set To Ink With Arkansas on Wednesday
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