Hawgs Illustrated heads to Houston

No less than 30 Arkansas junior and sophomore basketball recruiting prospects will be on hand beginning tonight in Houston for the 10th annual Kingwood Classic AAU Tournament.

It may not be one-stop shopping for the University of Arkansas basketball program, but the 10th annual Kingwood Classic certainly offers up a buffet of top prospects this weekend.

At least 30 sophomore and junior standouts thought to be in the Razorback recruiting mix are expected to be on hand for the three-day event in Houston that begins tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament will have some 189 teams playing in its 17-and-under division alone with some 250 college coaches expected in on Saturday morning when NCAA rules allow them to show up.

"It's a great event with a lot of great prospects in one place," Arkansas assistant coach Rob Flaska said. "It's about as good as it gets."

Play begins tonight with pool play with bracket play getting underway Saturday night around 5 p.m.

All in all some 373 games will be played in the 17-and-under division of the tournament alone at some 18 different sites.

The tournament, which has divisions from 9-anmd-under on up, will continue through early Sunday evening.

Miami Tropics point guard Denis Clemente is just one of the many top prospects on hand that has garnered the attention of the Razorback staff.

"He's a tremendous player and we think we have a great team that I expect to do very well in Houston," Miami Tropics head coach Art Alverez said. "It's certainly going to be some of the best competition around."

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