McGowan Enjoying Visit to Arkansas

Mississippi prep power forward Cyrus McGowan finds several things about Arkansas he likes as he visits Fayetteville this weekend.

University of Arkansas basketball recruit Cyrus McGowan had not been in Fayetteville long when a reporter caught up with him early Saturday afternoon, but the 6-9, 235-pound Mississippi prep power forward was very impressed with what he was finding out.

"They've been showing me a great time," McGowan said. "Arkansas has a lot to offer. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are great and it's a place you can get a great education. I'm looking forward to meeting with the professors tomorrow and finding out about their programs."

McGowan, who arrived late Friday night from his home in Meridian, Miss., is taking his final of three visits after previously going to Georgia Tech and Mississippi State, where several members of his family are alums.

All three schools are known for their architecture and engineering departments, which is a must for McGowan, who averaged 14 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks last season.

"Nobody has the lead," McGowan said. "I still have an open mind about the three schools. Hopefully after this trip, I will know what I want to do."

McGowan, ranked as the 72nd best prospect nationally by The Insiders, participated in the NBA Players Association Camp and the Reebok ABCD Camps this summer and impressed onlookers with his toughness.

Frances McGowan, Cyrus' mother who is also in Fayetteville this weekend and watched him play pick-up games with the current Arkansas players on Saturday morning, has said her son needs to be more aggressive on the court.

"She is my biggest fan and my biggest critic and has been with me from the start to the end," McGowan said. "It's hard to argue with anything she says so I take it to heart."

McGowan, who attended the Arkansas-Alabama football game, expects to make a decision early next week.

"I think I should know something very soon," McGowan said.

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