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.
Whitt Signs With Razorbacks
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Arkansas On Game Days | Tailgate TravelsAs much fun as it is being at an Arkansas football game, the pregame can be just as enjoyable, especially if you have an RV. Head out to Fayetteville to see what makes the…
Scout CFBFriday at 9:20 AM
Cats Picked To Win SEC CrownThe voters at SEC Media Days are convinced: Kentucky has reloaded.
AllWildcatsWednesday at 10:13 AM
"They Are Playing Really Good Football"Arkansas Coaches Bret Bielema and Dan Enos talk about facing Auburn this weekend and the challenges that presents for the Razorbacks.
Inside The AU TigersWednesday at 9:26 AM
Scout's Top 25 Recruiting ClassesScout has a new top school in the recruiting rankings. Take a look at capsules for the top 25 classes in the country, including a new number one.