UA Lines Up Some Hoop Visits

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson breaks down which UA basketball prospects have set up visits to Fayetteville for the three September football weekends.

There's no doubt that the University of Arkansas' football coaches are the happiest bunch of guys around that they are four home games in September, but running a close might be the Razorback basketball coaches.

That's because the hoops coaches will have the opportunity to showcase the school in all its glory to their 2005 prospects with three September home games in Fayetteville - Sept. 4 against New Mexico State, Sept. 11 vs. Texas and Sept. 25 against Alabama.

Some of the visits have already been set up - including ones with top point guards Jovan Adams, Byron Eaton and Devan Downey - while others were still being firmed up as of press time.

Adams is currently set to visit UNLV (Aug. 27-29), Arkansas (Sept. 3-5), Arizona State (Sept. 10-12) and Oklahoma (Sept. 17-19).

A report out of Oklahoma that he took an unofficial visit to Norman this past weekend and committed to the Sooners created quite a stir, but Adams insists to sources he is not committed to anyone.

Also thought to be a possible visitor for the Sept. 3-5 weekend is 6-10, 240-pound center Kenneth Cooper of Monroe (La.) Richwoods, who is interested in Arkansas, Texas Tech, LSU and Mississippi State.

Those four schools I mentioned are the ones I am considering setting up visits to," Cooper said.

Arkansas could be hosting as many as four prospects on Sept. 10-12 including Downey; 6-2, 175-pound scoring guard Clarence Sanders of Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) Community College; 6-10, 212-pound power guy Rousean Cromwell and Dallas' Eaton (5-11, 210), whose UA visit and date was confirmed by his AAU coach Tony Johnson.

Downey, the 5-10, 165-pound point guard from Chester, S.C., has set up all five of his visits.

He'll be at Tennessee (Aug. 27-29), Maryland (Sept. 3-5), Arkansas (Sept. 10-12), Cincinnati (Sept. 17-19) and Miami (Sept. 24-26).

"I really am going to be looking at this thing from a basketball standpoint because I think at all of those schools I could get a great education," Downey said.

Sanders is one of the most dynamic scorers in the junior college ranks, averaging over 30.8 points in his first 11 games last season.

He is considering Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Houston and Auburn.

"My coach is handling all that, but I do know that I am going to make one to Arkansas," Sanders said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Cromwell is also considering coming to Arkansas for the Sept. 10-12 weekend when the Razorbacks will be hosting Texas.

"My parents and I are going to sit down and talk about it very soon," Cromwell said. "I can tell you that Arkansas is very high on my list and will definitely get a visit."

Denis Clemente, the 6-1, 160-pound point guard from Miami Calusa Prep by way of Puerto Rico, will visit Arkansas - possibly on Sept. 23-25.

He has decided to take visits to Arkansas, Ohio State and Miami for sure according to his AAU coach Art Alverez and will choose two more schools from among 14 other suitors.

"We are just now setting up the dates, but the first visit he will take will be to Arkansas," Alverez said. "They have been very loyal to him and he wants to be loyal to them. I would like for him to take all five visits, but we'll see. He may get to Arkansas and decide he wants to end it there."

McGehee's Michael Washington (6-9, 219), who has decided to stay at his school for his senior season instead of transferring to Mt. Zion Christian Academy, will take an unofficial visit to Oklahoma on Thursday.

"I think I am going to wait until the late period to sign," says Washington, who said he remains interested in and will visit Arkansas sometime this fall.

The Razorbacks are also known to be talking with Kansas City O'Hara point guard Marcus Walker (6-1, 165), Sean McCurdy (6-2, 175) of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's and Fort Worth power forward Jeremy Mayfield (6-9, 230) about upcoming visits.

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