Whitt, Allen To Team Up Thursday

Razorback signee Jimmy Whitt and North Little Rock's KeVaughn Allen will team up on the Arkansas squad against one from Tennessee Thursday night at Little Rock Hall in the Mike Conley Jr., All Star Game.

For at least one night, Arkansas signee Jimmy Whiitt and unsigned North Little Rock standout Kevaughn Allen will be on the same team.

They will both play for the Arkansas squad in the Mike Conley, Jr., All-Star Boys Game Thursday night at Little Rock Hall to kick off the Real Deal in the Rock AAU Tournament festivities.

They will head up a squad that will face Tennessee stars in a game that will begin at 7:30.

Whitt (6-4, 170), who signed with the Razorbacks in November, averaged 30.6 points 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.9 assists per game this past season.

Allen (6-3, 185) has been committed to Florida since last summer, but chose not to sign with Gators in November even though he has remained committed to the program.

He averaged 25.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game this past season.

He scored 28 points and was named the MVP while leading North Little Rock to its third straight state title as the Charging Wildcats downed Bentonville 66-59 back on March 14 in Hot Springs.

Huntington, W.V., Prep power forward and Razorback pledge Ted Kapita (6-9, 240) had been expected to play, but his team was selected for the Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Tournament this weekend in New York City.

Others who will play for the Arkansas squad include Little Rock McClellan star and UMass-Lowell signee Keith Hayes, North Little Rock center and Lafayette signee Sam Dunkham, Clarendon’s Richard Knox, Jacksonville’s Devin Campbell and the Episcopal Collegiate duo Mahlon Martin and Justin Gooseberry.

The Tennessee squad will feature the Memphis Mitchell pair of Louisiana Tech signee Jeremiah Martin and Western Kentucky signee Chris McNeal.

The festivities will begin with a 6 p.m. girls game featuring Arkansas women’s basketball signees Jordan Danberry of Conway and Malika Monk of North Little Rock.

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The state will host two high level AAU events this weekend with the Real Deal in the Rock as well as Warm Up in Bentonville both getting underway on Friday night

Arkansas recruiting targets expected to participate in the Real Deal including Aurora, Colo., Overland power forward DeRon Davis (6-8, 230) and Memphis Bolton point guard Jaylen Fisher (6-2, 170).

The Warm Up will feature the Arkansas Wings, who have a plethora of the state’s top 2016 prospects and Razorback targets.

Those include Bentonville guard Malik Monk (6-4, 190), Van Buren forward Mitchell Smith (6-10, 220), Fayetteville guard Payton Willis (6-4, 165), Pulaski Academy shooting guard Lawson Korita (6-4, 180) and the Southwest Christian duo of small forward Eric Curry (6-8, 200) and Tyrik Dixon (6-1, 170).

Both tournaments will run Friday through Sunday.

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Per an Arkansas release, the Razorback women basketball program saw a nearly 29 percent increase last season from the previous season and the season average is the highest since the 2007-08 season.

The Lady Razorbacks finished the year 52nd in the NCAA welcoming 2,346 fans per game according to the NCAA national rankings.

Arkansas hosted 14 games this year with 31,503 fans coming to Bud Walton Arena where they helped the Razorbacks to eight home wins against the sixth-toughest schedule in the NCAA in 2014-15.

Of note, the Razorbacks hosted only 14 home games this year, their lowest home game total since the 2009-10 season when Arkansas hosted just 13 home contests.

Arkansas’ largest single game attendance was 4,541 against Nicholls as part of the Razorbacks’ Elementary Day promotion to area school kids.

Nearly 4,300 fans saw Arkansas defeat Missouri, 73-55, and the Razorbacks had nine home games with better attendance than last season’s average.

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