Weber enjoying UA visit

One of nation's top prep prospects takes in UA game on Saturday and comes away impressed with prospects for future.

While he has yet to choose a college, Albert Weber said Saturday he has thought about just how good the University of Arkansas basketball program is going to be in the near future and he is thinking about being a part of that.

"This is a great place with a great future," Weber said Saturday. "I can really see myself playing here. It is a lot more than I expected."

Weber, a 6-3, 185-pound combo guard from Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., is taking his official visit to Arkansas this weekend and was on hand for the Razorbacks' 84-77 exhibition win over Sports Tours on Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.

The former New Orleans product, regarded as one of the top 50 or so prospects in the nation, said he will announce "either Monday or Tuesday" whether he will sign with Arkansas, UConn or Alabama, a school he originally committed to and who is still in the mix.

The Razorbacks are hoping he will join 6-10, 265-pound Al Jefferson, 6-11, 252-pound Steven Hill, 6-10, 235-pound Darian Townes and 6-8, 235-pound Charles Thomas in signing with Arkansas on Wednesday, the opening day of the week-long early signing period.

"That's a great group and when I think about how good some of the players are they have here now and adding them those guys and then myself, we could be scary," Weber said. "It's something I am really considering."

Weber, who had already visited Alabama and UConn, said he was pleasantly surprised by what he found in Fayetteville.

"I just wanted to come see the environment, the facilities and get to know the player and the coaches," Weber said. "They have treated me great and you can tell it is really about being part of a family here and a great environment."

Seeking a great environment was why he left New Orleans and went to Mount Zion according to Weber.

"I went to Mount Zion because I was having problems in school and I was getting into trouble too much and needed to get out of that," Weber said. "Mount Zion has changed my life. I am a better person, my grades have picked up and it has certainly helped my development not only as a person, but as a player."

Weber, consider perhaps the best pure shooter in the 2004 class, is regarded as the 51st best prospect in the country by recruiting analyst Dave Telep of

" Basically I bring somebody to the court that can really score and get the ball to others that are open," Weber said. "I am also trying to work on my ballhandling and defense hard this season."

Weber, who has already passed his ACT, said he has a tough choice ahead of him, but plans to make it quickly in advance of the Nov. 12-19 early signing period.

"Right now if somebody put me on the spot and ask me who is was going to be, then I really couldn't tell them," Weber said. "Every school I've gone to has been great. It's going to be a tough decision. I've got a lot of thinking to do."

Albert Weber attended the Hogs' exhibition game.

Photo by Tom Ewart

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