Bentonville shooting guard Malik Monk (6-4, 190) and Van Buren forward Mitchell Smith (6-10, 210) — who both have Arkansas offers - will take the court Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively.
Sunday will have Fayetteville’s Payton WIllis (6-4, 170) playing at 2 p.m. and North Little Rock’s Adrian Moore (6-4, 180) playing at 5 p.m.
The start of the tournament was moved back two days due to weather and will now begin on Thursday and continued through the semifinals on Monday, which will be at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Willis and Monk went toe-to-toe Monday night with Fayetteville taking down 7A-West conference champ Bentonville 71-59 in overtime.
Monk had a game-high 26 points while Willis had 23 to lead the host Purple Bulldogs (22-5, 10-4), who beat the Tigers (18-7, 12-2) for the second time in as many tries this season.
Arkansas football signee C.J. O'Grady had 11 of his 14 points in the second half and overtime, where he tossed in six points, while also grabbing seven rebounds.
The game was played before the entire Razorback basketball team, part of a packed crowd at Bulldog Arena along with Arkansas football player Alex Collins.
Bentonville enters the state tournament as the West top seed while Van Buren is the Central’s top seed while North Little Rock - who also features Florida commit Kevaughn Allen and Ohio State football signee K.J. Hill - are the No. 1 seed from the East.
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The entire Razorback basketball team showed up to watch Malik Monk tonight. pic.twitter.com/IjQ9LRBYJG— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 3, 2015
Arkansas 2015 basketball signee Jimmy Whitt continued his spectacular senior season with 26 points in what amounted to three quarters of action Monday night as he led Columbia, Mo., Hickman over Smith-Cotton 51-42 in the first round of Class 5 District 9 Tournament action.
Whitt - averaging 32 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals per game this season - and Hickman led 36-30 starting the third quarter and held the ball for over eight minutes on one possession when Smith-Cotton went into a 2-3 defense.
The Kewpies (15-11) eventually took a shot, but the quarter was scoreless.
After Smith-Cotton scored eight straight in the fourth quarter to tie the game 38-38, Whitt led his team on an 8-2 run and it was never headed from there.
Smith-Cotton defenders tried to keep Whitt from dunking by fouling him hard on drives, but he kept his cool, bounced up and hit his free throws.
"That's happened a lot this year," Whitt told The Missourian newspaper of the hard fouls. "Either way, I'm going to get two free throws out of it."
Whitt hit four free throws late with the crowd heckling and pointed to the opposing student section.
"I'm confident in myself," Whitt said. "Just to talk to them a bit is fun.”
Whitt and Hickman will next face host Blue Valley Springs, which features Missouri signee and Whitt AAU teammate Kevin Puryear.
Blue Valley beat Hickman 73-51 earlier this season in Columbia with Whitt scoring 28 points and Puryear 26.
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Whitt joins Huntington, W.V., Prep power forward Ted Kapita - who committed to the Razorbacks last month - as the two current incoming members of Arkansas’ 2015 recruiting class.
Kapita has only played five games this season due to an injury, but should be back for Huntington Prep when it plays in the the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Prep School Tournament on April 2 in New York City.
“Ted’s getting there,” Huntington Prep head coach Arkell Bruce said Monday. “Expecting him to play.”
Huntington (32-1) - ranked fifth nationally - wrapped up its regular season with an 85-63 win over Southwest Christian Monday night.
Southwest Chrisitian - Arkansas’ only Elite Prep School program - was led by Tyreek Dixon’s 20 points and Eric Curry with 18.
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Rogers Providence Christian Academy head coach Austin Bivens says that LSU has offered SK Shittu (6-9, 195) on Tuesday.
Shittu, who averaged 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3.6 blocks this season, had gotten earlier offers from Tulsa and the University of Central Arkansas.
He was in attendance for Arkansas’ 81-75 win over Texas A&M and is someone that has the Razorbacks’ attention.
Payton Willis, Malik Monk