A big Storm came through the University of Arkansas campus this spring and forcasts are for it to return in December.
Ironically, that was and will be a good development.
Richwood (La.) High prospect Storm Warren (6-8, 215), just off a solid Reebok ÅBCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J., was on the UA campus for the Real Deal AAU Tournament last April and his high school team is slotted to play in the Holiday Hoops at Bud Walton in early December.
"Arkansas has a real nice facility," Warren said. "It is real clean and they do it up right. They are somebody I a going to really look at and I looking forward to coming back, but then again I am just coming off my sophomore year so I have plenty of time before I have to start thinking too much recruiting and where I am going to end up."
Warren is coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for Richwood (25-12) and earned all-district and Class 3A honorable mention all-state notice.
His season ended abruptly - despite tossing in a game-high 25 points - when his team lost 65-63 to Jennings in the opening round of the 3A playoffs in a game in which Richwood hit a woeful 12-of-33 free throw attempts.
"That was bad," Warren said. "Last year our team was pretty good, but we were in transition going, but this year we have added a point guard and we should be able to put it all together."
Warren's game - as evidence by his play at the Reebok event - is far more about power right now than finesse.
He is a solid rebound and defender and rarely let his man get off clean shots during the ABCD camp.
"As of right now, my game is pretty good, but I just have to work on stepping out a little bit and taking my man to the rack better than I do," Warren said. "My rebounding and my defense are pretty good."
Warren guard some of the nation's better offensive big men at Reebok, but had a simple philosophy coming in.
"I really don't worry who I go up against," Warren said. "I just try to bring my best game, hope he brings his and may the best man and team come out on top."
He played for the Jackson Panthers in the Real Deal on the Hill, but has since switched AAU squads.
"I've moved to the Louisiana Stars," Warren said. "I've been able to see a few facilities and a few schools since I've done that and it's worked out really well. We're going to finish up the summer with the Big Time in Las Vegas and a tournament in Houston."
Warren said he is getting interest from a wealth of teams - many in the SEC, ACC and Big 12 - but he hasn't begun to narrow his focus at all.
"But I'm pretty much thinking I am going to go out of state," Warren said. "That's kind of the only thing I'm pretty sure about now."
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