UA hoops to Cyrus McGowan this weekend

Stan Heath's Razorbacks are expecting to host 6-9 Cyrus McGowan this weekend for official visits.

It appears that two of the at least five or so big men that the University of Arkansas are involved with could be making it to Fayetteville the next two weekends.

Cyrus McGowan, a 6-9, 235-pound high school prospect from Meridian, Miss., is schedule for this weekend while 6-9, 230-pound Calvin Hampton of New Hampton Prep Academy in New Hampton, N.H., is now scheduled for next weekend.

McGowan, who prefers not to miss school, will arrive on Saturday morning for the start of his official visit.

"I am coming up there to take a visit and I'm excited to get a look at things," McGowan said. "I like the coaches and they have been recruiting me for a long time and that's impressed me."

McGowan, who averaged 14 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks per game last season, has already taken official visits to Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.

All three of those schools possess strong architecture and engineering programs, something that is very important to McGowan.

"All three have very good basketball programs and are places I can get a very good education," McGowan said.

Nine members of his family have attended Mississippi State leading many to think that the Bulldogs have the upper hand.

"It is true that we have had a lot of family that are alumni of Mississippi State, but we want the best situation for my son and if they turns out to be somewhere else then we'll all be happy for him," notes Florence McGowan, Cyrus' mom. "That's what it is all about."

Hampton is a player that has floated under the radar, but appears to be catching several programs attention.

He had already taken official visits to Virginia Tech and Oregon State and had trips planned to Arkansas and St. John's after press time.

"He is a guy that has really been underutilized at the programs he's been at, played a role where he just rebounded and blocked shots," New Hampton head coach Jamie Arsenault said. "But his skill level has really come along and people can tell what a force he has a chance to be in college as he harnesses in all that potential."

According to Arsenault, Hampton averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks as a junior last season at Friendly High in Fort Washington, Maryland, before heading to New Hampton.

"He is a guy that will play a lot at the four and five for us this season," Arsenault said. "He really has a nice inside-outside game and is a very smart player who can do a lot of things."

Three other names thought to be in the mix with the Razorbacks and 6-9, 230-pound forward Jeremy Mayfield of Fort Worth, Texas (expected to visit Arkansas Oct. 23-25); 6-9, 220-pound forward Michael Washington of McGehee and 6-10, 212-pound RouSean Cromwell, a former Memphis Fairley star now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.


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