Real Deal In The Rock Back for 11th Edition

The 11th annual Real Deal in the Rock will begin Friday with at least three players on hand that Arkansas has shown considerable interest, De'Ron Davis, Terrance Ferguson and SK Shittu. They are involved in a tournament that has featured a plethora of current NBA stars over the years.

LITTLE ROCK -- For more than a decade now, The Real Deal AAU Tournament has lived up to its name.

After all, the event - first held in Fayetteville and now in Little Rock - has displayed some of the best talent the country has to offer.

That includes two NBA MVPs, 131 NBA first-round draft picks (including six No. 1 picks), 320 Final Four players and six NCAA Tournament MVPs just to name a few of the participants.

“We have been very fortunate over the years, first up there in Fayetteville and now down here in Little Rock, to have the best of the best play, whether it be the top players or the top teams,” notes Bill Ingram, the Real Deal founder and organizer.

“The fact that we have had such great support from the fans and our sponsors has allowed us to do this and we hope to just continue going strong.”

This year’s event features several players that are Razorback recruiting targets, including Aurora, Col., Overland junior prep star De’Ron Davis, Dallas, Texas, Prime Prep junior Terrance Ferguson and Rogers Providence Christian Academy forward SK Shittu.

Davis (6-9, 230) plays for the Colorado Hawks, who will battle the We All Can Go squad at 7:30 Friday night at P.A.R.K.

Davis, whose AAU head coach George Williams is from Arkansas, has offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon and others.

“I think Arkansas has a great shot with him because he has been coming to their camps for a long time and has a great relationship with their coaches,” Ingram said. “He is a tremendous player and probably the best big guy from outside of the state that they have had a shot at in a long time.”

Ferguson - another 2016 prospect - is playing for Mo Williams Elite, who will open play Friday night at 9:40 p.m. at P.A.R.K.

“This kid is really smooth and I know he is planning on at least taking an unofficial visit to Arkansas soon,” Ingram said.

Shittu (6-9, 190) is a 2017 prospect that has been blowing up after his sophomore season and now has offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Tulsa and interest from Arkansas and others.

He is playing for the Arkansas Hawks this weekend and they will take the P.A.R.K. court first on Friday night at 6:25 when they face Rashard Lewis Elite.

Action will continue Saturday with the championship game set for early Sunday afternoon.

Terrance Ferguson

SK Shittu

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