Excited Welsh

UA basketball commit Stefan Welsh (6-3, 180), comfortably settled in now at Hargrave Military Academy, has decided to take his official visit among the fanfare of Midnight Madness weekend on Oct. 14-16.

Just getting comfortable in his new home, Hargrave Military Academy guard Stefan Welsh will be in Fayetteville in October to check out his next one.

Welsh, a 6-3, 180-pound combo guard who committed to the University of Arkansas on Aug. 16 without even having set foot on the campus, now has plans to officially visit the Razorbacks on Oct. 14-16.

That's a change from a previously scheduled visit this weekend for the former football and basketball star who is only about the hoops now.

"Yep, I'm coming up for Midnight Madness instead because the team will be practicing and there will be a lot more going on," Welsh said. "It will also give me a chance to spend a little bit more time here at Hargrave getting used to things."

Welsh, who chose Arkansas over Tennessee, Xavier, Virginia, Marquette, Boston College, Providence and Rutgers, arrived at Hargrave on Aug. 22 for his senior season after spending his sophomore and junior years at Newport News (Va.) Woodside.

"It's quite the change of environments, but I think it is going to be great for me in terms of learning how to do things for myself and working on my game," Welsh said. "There's nothing to do here but school and basketball and that's just fine with me."

Welsh, whose home is about 3 1/2 hours away from the Hargrave campus, in Chatham, Va., is excited about playing with the other players on the team's star-studded roster this season.

That includes Missouri commit Armon Bassett, a guard from Terre Haute (Ind.) that the Razorbacks recruited last season before he reclassified and ended up at Hargrave.

They will work with a frontline that includes Georgetown commit Vernon "The Big Ticket" Macklin (6-9, 210) - a high school and AAU teammate of Welsh's - Florida commit Marresse Speights (6-10, 240) and former Tennessee signee Tyler Smith (6-6, 210), who is being recruited by Arkansas.

All five are ranked in the top 100 players nationally by Scout.com, which has Welsh at No. 98.

"I think Armon and I are going to make a great backcourt," noted Welsh, who will play at both backcourt positions as will Bassett. "I also think we are going to have one of the best front courts in the country with Tyler and Vernon and the others."

Hargrave will scrimmage Oak Hill Academy on Oct. 18 and then kick off its season soon afterwards while playing a schedule that includes several prep schools, some junior colleges and some small colleges.

"I'm expecting a great year and now that I am going to be a Razorback and know that for sure, I think it's going to make it even better," Welsh said. "There was no reason to hold back because it is where I wanted to go."


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