Hodge has Arkansas in His Sights

Florida Air Academy guard Walter Hodge shines brightly at the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis as coaches from the University of Arkansas look on with interest.

Recruiters flocked to Florida Air Academy last season to a see senior center but also became enamored with a junior guard that was making the transition from Puerto Rico.

Walter Hodge, a 6-0 southpaw lead guard, no doubt benefitted from those coming to see Kansas signee Alexander Kahn, but proved last season and this week at the Nike All-American Camp that he is his own shining star.

Hodge was fantastic offensively and defensively in which the school from Melbourne (Fla.) capped a perfect 27-0 season with a 51-46 win over Gainesville P.K. Yonge in the Class 2A championship game.

"It was a great season and a lot of people got a chance to see what I could do," Hodge said. "Now I have just tried to keep it going this summer and feel like Nike was just another step forward with that."

Hodge, who averaged 21 points per game during the high school season and is on the Arkansas recruiting radar, was one of the point guards noted by recruiting analysts as having a great Nike camp.

"I feel like I can shoot the ball, am a good passer and can play defense," Hodge said. "But I think the best thing I do is help my team win. When they were sagging down on him (Kahn), I had to make shots this season and I did, but I also got him the ball when he got space."

Hodge is playing for Team Florida during the AAU season which has paired him with top national prospect Keith Brumbaugh.

"He's just a great player," Hodge said. "We make a great combo."

Hodge, whose dad was at camp and noted he knows former Arkansas player Larry Satchell, has a top four coming out of Nike.

That's Florida (who recently offered), Kansas, Arkansas and Hofstra, a school that Hodge has friends attending.

"It's a good group of schools and ones that I can see myself playing at," Hodge said. "We'll just see how it works out."

Arkansas assistant Ronny Thompson has headed up the recruiting of Hodge.

"I have spent time talking with Coach Ronny Thompson and he has me excited about Arkansas," Hodge said. "They will definitely be one of the schools that is in my final decision."

"I feel like I am a very good combo guard and Arkansas has told me that is one of the things they are looking for," Hodge said. "It is a good school. I have learned a lot and I look forward to taking a visit."

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