Razorbacks to sign four

The Arkansas basketball program is scheduled to net four signees on Wednesday as the NCAA's week-long early signing period opens.

The University of Arkansas is set to sign four players on Wednesday as the NCAA's week-long early signing period opens.

Those four are, of course, Al Jefferson (6-10, 265) of Prentiss, Miss.; Steven Hill (6-11, 252) of Branson, Mo., former Georgetown signee Darian Townes (6-10, 235) of Hargrave Military School in Chatham, Va., and Charles Thomas (6-8, 235) of Jackson (Miss.) Callaway.

All four of UA head coach Stan Heath's signees are rated in the top 65 or so players in the country and it appears all will just sign the letter-of-intents on Wednesday morning and forego ceremonies.

"Our ceremony will be at 7 a.m. around the breakfast table, he'll sign it and then we will send it on," noted Troy Hill, Steven's dad. "That's all there is to it."

Jefferson, rated as one of the consensus top three players in the country, is coming off a game in which he poured in 36 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked a whopping 26 blocks.

Numbers like that are why some think he will jump straight to the NBA instead of playing in college.

"We'll see what happens, how the year goes and make a decision when it is time," Jefferson said. "But right now I am signing this letter-of-intent with Arkansas and I am planning on going to college and being a Razorback."

Arkansas and Villanova are also the finalists for Kyle Lowry, a 6-0, 180-pound point guard from Philadelphia (Pa.) C ardinal Doughtery.

Lowry said Tuesday night that he will commit to one of those two schools on Thursday, but will wait until the spring to sign with his chosen school.

"That is just the day I have decided I am going to get it over with," Lowry said. "But I am not going to sign my letter-of-intent because I want to make sure that everything is like I think it is at the school."

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