Whitt Signs With Razorbacks

Arkansas' basketball program adds a signee on the opening day of the week-long NCAA early signing period as Columbia, Mo., Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt (6-3, 170) inks his national letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks.

As expected, Arkansas signed the best player in Missouri on Wednesday as the NCAA's week-long early signing period opened.

Columbia Hickman four-star guard Jimmy Whitt (6-3, 170) inked his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon before a crowd of supporters at his high school.

He is the only signee in the 2015 class to this point for head coach Mike Anderson's Razorbacks, who have two seniors on the 2014-2015 roster.

“Jimmy is a long and athletic guard with a great basketball IQ,” said Anderson. “He can score, create for others, rebound and is a winner. He’s a high character kid that comes from a great family and his funny and witty personality fits well with our team. Jimmy is a guy we identified early and wanted. We’re happy he’s now part of our family.”

Anderson and his staff first made contact with Whitt - ranked 53rd nationally by Scout.com - some 10 years ago when they were coaching at the University of Missouri.

Whitt, the school's all-time leader in points (1,586) and steals (303) chose the Razorbacks over the Tigers, SMU, Illinois, Marquette and some 20 other offers.

He averaged 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 4.4 steals for a 27-3 Hickman team last season and is the only returning starter for head coach David Johnson this season.

“Toughest kid I've ever had come out of here and play...(also) most coachable kid,” Johnson said at the ceremony. “His basketball IQ is high...His teammates love him, the coaches love him, the community loves him.”

Whitt will be on display in Bentonville on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in the ESPN 99.5 Classic that will also feature Tigers junior star Malik Monk at 7 p.m.

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