Kapita Set To Sign With Razorbacks
Arkansas will get its numerical replacement for departing star Bobby Portis in the next few days and has already signed its one for Michael Qualls.
But it remains to be seen what else will happen as the month-long spring signing period opens on Wednesday.
Huntington, W.V., Prep power forward Ted Kapita (6-9, 240) - a top 44 player nationally per Scout.com - said Monday that he will sign his national letter-of-intent later in the week.
He will do so when his host father and mother return to West Virginia, ironically from a visit to see their daughter in Arkansas.
“When my host parents get back because they gotta be there,” Kapita said of his signing. “So it will be soon.”
The native of the Congo - who averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at Melbourne, Fla., Air Academy, doesn’t plan to have a big ceremony.
“Not a big celebration,” Kapita said. “You know I'm just happy to go there and play, help the team. The most important thing is to win.”
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said Wednesday afternoon that he now has three scholarships available and plans to try and fill them.
“We are still very active recruiting,” Anderson said. “We never stopped recruiting. That is the great thing about the staff. We understand the climate.
“When you look out and you see a lot of transfers and see a lot of kids putting their names in the draft, you can’t get caught off guard. So obviously we have got our eyes on some other players and hopefully we will fill those spots.”
He chose Arkansas over a final five of Missouri, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Oregon.
Kapita will join top 55 national prospect and fall signee Jimmy Whitt (6-4, 170) as well as Texas Tech transfer and former Pulaski Academy shooting guard Dusty Hannahs (6-4, 210) as new faces on next season’s roster.
“First off I liked what kind of players they have - high character, good kids and also my visit was real,” Kapita said. “I'm saying I can see that.”
He also liked the way the Arkansas coaches were real and up front with him, but also not pushy.
“A lot of schools tell player what they want to hear, but not Arkansas man,” Kapita said. “No promises, no pressure.”
He knows current Arkansas sophomore center Moses Kingsley (6-10, 230).
“He came from same high school I'm at,” Kapita said. “Good guy, very friendly. I like his personality.”
Kapita believes Arkansas fans will like his style of play.
“Energy and my potential,” Kapita said. “They will enjoy having me there.”
He believes his biggest strength is his rebounding.
“Yeah, it's big part of the game,” Kapita said. “It’s just a gift God gave me and I use it in many ways.”
Kapita was limited to six games this year because of a hip injury.
“I'm in (the) process,” Kapita said of being fully healthy. “My body feels good. My chiropractor want me to rest a lot, at the same time weight room everyday. I didn't play a lot of games this season.”
He has driven himself in the weight room.
“That's my food,” Kapita said. “It keeps me in shape even if I don't play for a year or months.”
Kapita had 36 points and 18 rebounds in one outing last summer while connecting on 15-of-22 field goals, 6-of-9 free throws, blocking four shots and getting three steals while playing for Pan Africa at the Nike Global Challenge last August.
“He can just be a beast,” Huntington head coach Arkell Bruce said. “He is a chiseled young man who is strong and just keeps getting stronger.”
Arkansas, which has two scholarships open with the loss of Portis and is involved with several high school prospects, is also expected to get visit from Memphis transfer Nick King (6-7, 225).
King will visit Ole Miss this weekend and has plans to also visit Arkansas and Alabama before making a decision.
A player that the Razorbacks recruited out of high school when he was a Parade All-American, King averaged 7.2 points for the Tigers this season.
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