Huntington Prep, W.V., power forward Ted Kapita (6-9, 240) signed his letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks on Thursday morning during an event at his school.
“We are thrilled that Ted is officially part of our Razorback Family,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. “First and foremost, Ted is a person of high character and a great competitor. He plays the game with energy, relentless effort and has a willingness to get better.
“His physicality and size combined with his ability to step out to the perimeter and also face up makes him a unique talent at his age. He really hit it off with our players and we feel we have added a much-needed piece to our team.”
Kapita believes Arkansas fans will like his style of play.
“Energy and my potential,” Kapita said in an earlier interview. “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 – a top 44 player nationally per Scout.com – joins Arkansas fall signee Jimmy Whitt (6-4, 170) of Columbia, Hickman, Mo., as members of the 2015 class so far.
He was limited to seven games this season due to 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.”
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Signing day at Huntington Prep Pau Serena to Lees-McRae..Ted Kapita to Arkansas..Thomas Bryant to Indiana pic.twitter.com/FyNbAC5O2x— Keith Morehouse (@KeithMorehouse) April 23, 2015
Arkansas is known to have visited a trio of 2015 prospects and at least a trio of 2016 stars this week.
The 2015 prospects were Charlotte, N.C., Victory Christian center Ebuka Izundu (6-10, 210) on Monday, Baytown, Texas, Lee College shooting guard/small forward Tyrone Outlaw (6-6, 215) on Tuesday and Delbarton, W.V., Mingo Central Dikembe Dixson (6-7, 190).
Dixson, expected to visit Arkansas in May, tweeted about his visit.
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Arkansas assistant coach just left said he loved what he saw an ill be a good fit for their program. Glad he came an liked the show #GoHogs— Dikembe Dixson (@Ddixson_35) April 22, 2015
Arkansas has also been to visit a pair 2016 stars this week in Bentonville shooting guard Malik Monk (6-4, 180) of Bentonville, Memphis Bolton point guard Jaylen Fisher (6-1, 170) and St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade forward Tyler Cook (6-7, 240).
Monk is the Scout.com’s top shooting guard in the class and its fourth-best player nationally.
Fisher is the 15th-best point guard per Scout.com and the 68th-best player in the country while Cook is 16th-best power forward and 95th-best overall.
Monk met with Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Oregon head coach Dana Altman on Monday and Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson on Wednesday.
The staff will be on the road at several AAU events this week in the final live period for coaches this spring.
God keeps blessing me! Just reviewed an offer from University of Arkansas— Tyler Cook (@KingCook_25) April 23, 2015
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Arkansas will host Memphis transfer Nick King (6-7, 220), a former top 50 player nationally per Scout.com, for an official visit on May 1-3.
King visited Ole Miss last weekend on an unofficial visit and is set to visit Alabama this weekend.
He averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.
Greg King, Nick’s dad, said his son hopes to have a decision made by the first session of summer school.
"These three right here are the ones that call him the most," Greg King told Al.com.