Arkansas Baptist sophomore and Arkansas Wings AAU standout Connor Vanover (7-3, 210) was offered by the Razorbacks, who also offered Wings senior Eric Curry and Wings junior Daniel Gafford.
"We called Arkansas today and they were talking about how it was a pleasure to watch me this weekend (at the Nike Peach Jam) and that they had been watching me for awhile," Vanover said. "They said they wanted to offer me a scholarship and really looked forward to watching me more."
Vanover, the No. 25 player in the class of 2018 per ESPN.com, grew up a Razorback fan and his mom Robyn Irwin played for the Lady Razorbacks so it was a special one.
“I have a lot of respect for Arkansas and my mother (Robyn Irwin) played there so I really like the Razorbacks,” Vanover said. “It’s a great school and program. I have grown up as an Arkansas fan.”
His mom was obviously pleased with the Razorback offer.
"I'm very excited for Connor," Mrs. Vanover said. "I played at Arkansas and it is a special place. To know they are looking at him and he has a chance to go there and represent the state of Arkansas is real exciting for me."
Vanover now has offers from Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas, with the final two offering after watching him play in the Nike Peach Jam this weekend.
He was one of 12 players selected for the USA team that won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina in mid-June.
Vanover averaged 14.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.2 assists last season for Arkansas Baptist.
"It definitely feels like ll this work that I have been putting is worth it, but I can't be satisfied with just three offers," Vanover said. "There are a bunch more schools out there that I might be able to go to and fit in with. So I have got to keep grinding and get better."
He will continue his busy summer on Tuesday morning when he heads to Washington the the Victor Oladipo and Ty Lawson Camp, which invites 60 of the nation's top players.
Vanover once attended a Duke game in the eighth grade and a story was erroneously reported that he had committed to Duke after that game.
"It was like a fluke," Vanover said. "I bet somebody save my first highlight video and just made it up as some kind of funny joke." He is actually more of a perimeter player than an inside force at the moment
“I am a great shooter, but I also need to be able to put it on the floor and do other things on defense,” Vanover said. “I need to work more on my perimeter defense and staying with players.”