Ullin, Ill., Shawnee Community College small forward Justin Leon (6-8, 200) averaged 21.5 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field this past season.
Leon, who was 6-5 in high school, signed with Louisiana Tech over offers from Missouri State and Murray State, but got his release when head coach Michael White left to take over at Florida.
Leon asked for his release and that was granted late last week and he now plans to take some visits with Arkansas a possibility.
“I have not talked with Arkansas coaches, but they have talked to my coach,” Leon said.
Shawnee head coach John Sparks said that coaches from Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Illinois-Chicago, Western Kentucky and UALR all have been in contact with him.
Sparks praised Leon for his progress over the last two seasons.
I have my release and now my recruitment is officially re-opened— Justin Leon. (@Jay_onehunit) May 29, 2015
“It’s a great day when you see a young man like Justin Leon totally invest in the process over a two-year period and see it pay off in the end,” Sparks said. “His work ethic, toughness and his attitude allowed us to really coach him.”
Leon had 16 double-doubles this season, had 20 games of over 20 points and score in double figures in all 30 of his games this past season.
His scoring average was 16th nationally and his rebounding average 20th in the country – which made him only one four player in the junior college ranks to be in the top 20 in both categories.
Leon had a season-high in 31 points in one game and a career-high 19 rebounds in another outing this past season.
He averaged 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as a freshman at Shawnee while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Leon averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds as a senior at Conway while being named all conference and all state.
Arkansas has two available scholarships and is expected to host Kennesaw State graduate transfer Willy Kouassi this weekend.
The Razorbacks have signed Columbia, Mo., Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt (6-4, 170) and Huntington, W.V., Prep power forward Ted Kapita (6-9, 240) in its 2015 recruiting class, are expected to add Colorado transfer and former Texarkana area star Dustin Thomas (6-7, 225) while former Texas Tech transfer and Pulaski Academy standout Dusty Hannhs (6-4, 210) will be eligible this season.
Justin Leon, his family and Shawnee head coach John Sparks pose after Leon signed with Louisiana Tech.