McBride to sign today

Monterey Peninsula College star Ryan McBride, a 6-6, 190-pound shooting guard, will become Arkansas' third basketball signee of the 2005 class when he inks with the Razorbacks today.

Every college basketball coach would love to have a roster full of McDonald's All-Americans with which to work his magic.

While none of University of Arkansas head coach Stan Heath's recruits this season earned that distinction, the trio certainly has a distinct McFlavor to them.

Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula College shooting guard Ryan McBride, a 6-6, 190-pound pure shooter, is expected to become the third recruit with a McRing to it when he signs with the Razorbacks today.

The Denver native will join New Jersey point guard Sean McCurdy - who UA head coach Stan Heath went to see Monday - and Mississippi prep power forward Cyrus McGowan for the Razorbacks' McRecruiting class.

"I just can't say enough about the place," noted McBride, who visited this past weekend and committed on Sunday. "I really liked the coaches and the players and just felt a whole lot of love from all of them. It really seem like they were brothers and all really like being around each other.

Razorback fans certainly may grow to love McBride - who canceled trips to Kansas State and Pittsburgh set for the next two weeks - if he puts up anywhere near the numbers he did in his two years at the California junior college.

He averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds this past season while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range, just a year after knocking down 53 percent of his attempts behind the arc while averaging 17 points a freshman.

All this from a young man who didn't play high school ball, was just 5-4 when he entered high school and not even 6-foot when he left.

"My growth spurt is a great story and I feel very blessed to have it happen to me and I have tried to work hard to get where I need to be," McBride said. "And now signing with Arkansas is just going to continue the dream."

McBride showed off not only a pure shooting touch while playing pick-up games with the returning Razorbacks on Saturday morning at Bud Walton, but also the ability to put the ball on the floor and take it to the hole.

He also probably set a new record for number of screens set for others by a visiting recruit, showed a propensity to go to the boards and actually played defense.

"It was so nice to see what they have here," McBride said. "They have big man that can play and certainly who were much taller and much stronger than I am used to playing with. They have great guys on the perimeter and tell me they just need a shooter. I hope I will be that guy, but also much more for them than just a shooter. I feel like I have become an all-around player that can help in many different areas."

McBride will join McCurdy and McGowan along with redshirt sophomores Vincent Hunter and Preston Cranford in adding to the mix of a team that finished 18-12 last season and will have everyone back except Mike Jones and Rashard Sullivan.

One of their first games together will be in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21-23, a tournament that includes Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina, , Michigan State, UConn, Gonzaga, UConn, Maryland and Chaminade.

"How nice is that," McBride said. "But that's one reason I wanted to come play at Arkansas. The SEC is one of the top three conferences in the country according to the rankings the last few years and they are going to play a schedule next season that just couldn't get much better."

He's well aware the next game he plays could be before close to 20,000 people at Bud Walton Arena.

"That will work right there and is just going to be unbelievably exciting," McBride said. "I'm coming to do my part."

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