Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Glasper Taking His Game to Arkansas

Forrest City star Robert Glasper, who averaged 28 points while leading his team to a state title this season, has decided to play his college basketball at Arkansas after deciding to forgo scholarships and walk on with the Razorbacks.

Arguably the best player in Arkansas under 6-foot tall and certainly one of the best overall in the 2016 class is brining his talents to Fayetteville.

Forrest City guard Robert Glasper (5-11) announced Monday that he has decided to walk on at Arkansas instead of taking the scholarship route at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Harding, Arkansas Tech,  Southern Arkansas, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Holmes, Miss., Community College, Labette, Kan., CC, North Arkansas College and Williams Baptist College.

Glasper, who averaged 28 points per game while leading the Mustangs (26-3)  to the Class 5A state title this past season, visited Arkansas two weeks ago.

"When I came up to visit a couple of weeks ago, I not only loved the basketball program, but what Arkansas has to offer academically and just the atmosphere there," Glasper said. "I also know a lot of people up there already so it feels comfortable,

"I know that I can play at that level so I am going to come up there as a walk on, but I am going to earn a scholarship. It has always been my dream of mine to be a Razorback and I am going to take this chance because I believe in myself."

Glasper, who had 59 points in one game this season and 40 in his team's state semifinal win over Maumelle, believes that he will bring a lot to Arkansas.

"I think the number one thing that I bring is a winning attitude," Glasper said. "I also bring leadership and I am a two-way player. I work just as hard on defense as I do on offense. Yes, I can score, but I can also keep others from scoring.

"The other thing is that the coaches will never have to worry about me on the court or off. I am going to do the right things."

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He will rejoin teammate and current Razorback big man Trey Thompson, who he teamed with to lead Forrest City to the state title two seasons ago.

"That will be fun to get back to playing with Trey," Glasper said. "They have a lot of great players up there and coming in so I expect us to have a lot of success."

Glasper will be one of at least nine new faces on the Arkansas active roster next season.

The Razorbacks have signed six players - three junior college players and three high school standouts - and will also add in Glasper, Colorado transfer Dustin Thomas and Drury transfer and former Springdale player DeShaun Stark, a walk on who joined Thomas in redshirting last season.

It was thought that his height was getting him from getting high major honors, but Glasper doesn't believe that is the case.

"I am listed as six foot, but I am really about 5-10 or 5-11," Glasper said. "But I have never had a coach tell me that my height was why they did not offer me.

"What did get out there was a rumor that my grades weren't that good and that I would have to go to a junior college. That's not true. A lot of schools came back in at the end, but I think that is the biggest reason that the big schools didn't offer."

In the end, Glasper feels like it is working out for him anyway.

"I have always wanted to be a Razorback and now I am going to get to be one," Glasper said. "I am going to take full advantage and play hard every minute I am on the court."

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