In addition to playing before a national television audience on Tuesday night, the University of Arkansas will likely be playing with one of the nation's top recruits on hand at Bud Walton Arena.
Detroit King's Ramar Smith (6-3, 190), one of the country's best shooting guards and the 30th-best player overall in the country according to Scout.com, is currently scheduled to arrive Tuesday to begin an official visit.
He'll see the Razorbacks (17-8, 6-6) host Alabama (15-9, 8-4) in an 8 p.m. game that will be on ESPN.
"I'm really looking forward to coming back down there," said Smith, whose previous trip to Fayetteville was for the Real Deal on the Hill AAU Tournament last spring. "I like Arkansas, I like the style they play, the coaches, the arena and the whole area. They have showed a lot of interest in me and stayed on me and that's important to me."
Smith and Chicago Marshall's Patrick Beverley (6-2, 175) - who is leading Chicago in scoring at 36 points per game - are two combo guards that Arkansas had identified as candidates to fill one scholarship spot in the spring.
Smith, who orginally committed to UConn last summer before they parted ways back in September, is averaging 23.6 points per game this season for a King team that is 14-5.
He is also looking at Tennessee, Arizona and Illinois, but has not taken or scheduled any visits to those schools yet.
"I am going to get down and see Arkansas and then we'll see from there about visiting other schools and when I might do that," Smith said Sunday night. "I thought it was nice down there last time and I am looking forward to seeing a game there."
Smith, who has had 10 rebounds and/or 8 assists in a game on at least three times this season, believes he will play more of the point in college than the off guard.
"I really believe I will play more at the one, but I guess it all depends on what my college team needs me to do," Smith said. "In this last game I really tried to find my teammates and get the ball to them and just take the shots that came to me instead of forcing it."
Smith had a game-high 22 points on Friday night while leading his team to a 63-61 win over Southeastern in the Detroit Public School League consolation game and the Crusaders don't start state tournament play until next week.
"We really played well as a team in our last game and I thought I played pretty good individually," Smith said. "I think if we play like we did in our last game we can make a run a the state title."
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