Nearing Augustus

Arkansas head coach Stan Heath and new assistant Glynn Cyprien watch combo forward Kodi Augustus (6-9, 205) - who plans to announce his college choice late Friday afternoon - shine during his opening game at the Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J.

TEANECK, N.J. - Kodi Augustus has already made two trips to the University of Arkansas this spring and summer and looks to be coming back for to Fayetteville for a much longer stay.

Augustus (6-9, 205), a skilled combo forward and 2007 prospect, is scheduled to make his announcement here at the Reebok ABCD Camp late Friday afternoon and all indications point to him being a Razorback instead of heading to Texas or Texas A&M.

"He knows what he wants to do," noted John Eurey, Augustus' Houston Superstars AAU coach. "We obviously really liked Arkansas. It's a great situation down there. We think it is a great situation for him. He has handled this process very well. I'm not saying all the other schools are not good – some of the others he liked, too – but Arkansas right now is the leader no question."

Augustus – a former Louisiana high school product - has visited Arkansas, Texas and Texas A&M this summer after narrowing down a list of over 10 schools that had offered him scholarships – including Florida, and LSU.

He would become the Razorbacks' second commitment of the 2007 class along with 6-5, 212-pound swingman Nate Rakestraw, who made a verbal pledge to Arkansas last month.

"I went to their team camps and while I was there I took the opportunity to look around their campuses," Augustus said. "I just really enjoyed it when I came to Arkansas. I really like (Arkansas) head Coach Stan Heath, their facilities and the whole atmosphere."

Augustus – a cousin of former LSU women's star Simone Augustus who was measured at 6-9, 205-pounds here at the camp on Wednesday - was also paying attention to the recent NBA Draft.

"Arkansas just put out Ronnie Brewer and I was impressed with what they did with him and the style of play," Augustus said. "They also run a motion offense, which I think takes advantage of my strengths."

Augustus, who averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks last season for Sugarland (Texas) Willow Ridge, has a versatile game that includes a quality outside shooting game to go with a variety of moves to use to get to the rack.

He had 12 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal in two quarters of play (time is split evenly among 10 players) in his first game Thursday afternoon at the Reebok event just outside of New York City.

He was 4-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line during as his Jazz team knocked off the Cavs 73-60 with Heath and new assistant Glynn Cyprien looking on from courtside.

"I am really enjoying ABCD," Augustus said. "It's cool and ABCD competition is way stiffer that what I faced at Adidas last summer. In the mornings so far, we have just worked on the basics."

Eurey says added intensity that has helped Augustus – who reclassified from a 2006 prospect to 2007 one – raise his level even higher.

He was ranked as Top 100 player in the 2006 class by before beginning tyh4e reclassification process and will likely appear in the 2007 rankings when they are redone post-summer.

"I think the thing that has improved most about him this summer is his intensity for the game," Eurey said. "He has learned how to play hard, but while letting the game come to him attack it as well. He has learned to make every possession important. He has always known how to play the game, but now he is also playing so hard."

The former Baton Rouge product, who relocated to play at Willow Rridge last season, will attend a prep school during the 20067-2007 season.

His plan was to end up at Mount Zion Christian Academy, but that is was not on the NCAA's approved list so he is looking elsewhere now – possibly following in the footsteps of current Razorback Michael Washington at Genesis One Christian Academy.

"They had that list come out and the NCAA says it is not going to accept their credits, so I am looking around right now," Augustus said. "I want to make sure everything is the way it should be."

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