Ridder Raves About Arkansas Visit

Springfield, Mo., Kickapoo junior forward Jared Ridder took his second unofficial visit to Arkansas this month and came away with a good feeling about the Razorbacks

Springfield, Mo., Kickapoo junior forward Jared Ridder (6-7, 195) got his second look at Arkansas on Thursday and came away very impressed.

“It was awesome,” Ridder said. “It was more of a full visit today. The last time I really only  got to see the practice facility although it is great. Today I also got to see the academic center, which has a lot of computers and resources to help you succeed in school.

“I also got to tour the campus and it is really nice and the whole place just has a great atmosphere."

Ridder, whose girlfriend Rachel Rippee will be a freshman volleyball player at Arkansas next season, had earlier visited the Razorbacks after playing The Warmup AAU Tournament in Bentonville April 8-10.

He likes what Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson has going in recruiting.

“Arkansas has really brought in some great players in this last recruiting class and I know they already have two commitments in the 2017 class,” Ridder said. “I got to play against one of them recently (Daniel Gafford) and is really, really good.

“So I really like what they are doing as far as bringing some great players into the program and they all seem like really nice guys and really great coaches.”

Ridder has offers from Arkansas, Xavier, Northern Iowa, St. Louis, Missouri State, Air Force, IUPUI, Boise State and Lehigh and he has taken trips to Nebraska and Wichita State.

He averaged 20.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while leading Kickapoo to a 29-3 season that ended with a loss to Chaminade in the Class 5A state championship game.

“I feel like my shooting is the best part of my game and I am a very good rebounder as well,” Ridder said. “I am still trying to work more on my ball handling and getting faster so I can play better defense.”

He is playing this spring and summer with Mokan Elite, which also features two of the nation’s top players in Michael Porter, Jr., of Columbia, Mo., and Trae Young of Norman, Okla.

Mokan is 6-1 through two legs of the EYBL season with Young averaging 22.3 points per game, Porter 20.7 and Ridder 15.7 while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.

“It’s been a lot of fun playing with those guys and we have a lot of talent on their team,” Ridder said. “I am looking forward to getting even better as we play throughout the rest of the season and get the Peach Jam.”

Ridder would like to have his college choice by the end of the summer.

"I am going to take some visits this summer around playing and I would like to know where I am going to be heading by the end of the summer," Ridder said.

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