All coaches would love to have a prospect with point guard skills and small forward height.
That's why a guy like Crawford (Miss.) East Oktibbeha star Jenirro Bush (6-7, 175) is so appealing to the Razorbacks, who will have him in Fayetteville on Jan. 19-21 for an official visit.
Bush, averaging 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists this season, shined while playing before Heath and UA assistant Orande Taliaferro on Thursday afternoon with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in his team's 85-61 win over Thomastown.
"I really like what Arkansas is doing, I think they have a great program and they've been sending a lot of guys like (Ronnie) Brewer to the league that is the same kind of player that I am," Bush said. "They told me they love my game and they think I can come in and help them. I am taking my official visit up there on the weekend of Jan. 20 and I am really looking forward to it. I know there is an opportunity to come in and help right away with a team that is going to be very good."
Bush, who attended the Nike All-American Camp this summer, knows that Arkansas has gotten some players from the state of Mississippi lately.
"I know (current Razorback) Cyrus McGowan because we went to the same church and I know that Charles Thomas, who played for the Jackson Panthers is up there," Bush said. "Maybe I'll be the next one."
Bush has offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Middle Tennessee State and others with Arkansas recently jumping into the fray.
"Most of the colleges are recruiting me as a point guard and that's where I see myself playing on the next level," Bush said. "Coaches like the fact that I can handle the ball, pass it, get into the lane but also be able to knock down a 15-footer consistently. Arkansas has told me that is what they like and that I just need to get stronger."
East Oktibbeha head coach Homer Bush, who is the prospect's cousin, knows he has a versatile star on his hands.
"He is a great player who can play all over the floor is unselfish and has great vision," Coach Bush said. "We can play him at the 5 because he is our biggest man, but we also have him bring the ball up when someone is pressing us and that is where he plays during the summer. He is going to make someone a great college player."
Bush spent the summer playing AAU ball for the Jackson Tigers, where he was their point guard.
"We had a very good summer, including finishing fourth or fifth in the national AAU Tournament (in Orlando)," Bush said. "That's where a lot of people saw me playing point guard and got interested."
There was some thought that Bush might have to attend a prep school early on, but a recent ACT score and some good work in the classroom has that idea out now.
"I'm in good shape now and looking forward to going to college," Bush said.
As is his team, which is now 12-3 after its win on Thursday heading into the second day of a tournament it is playing at McAdams High School.
"We are really starting to come together," Bush said. "I have been the go-to guy for us this season and I have done my best to make it happen when its been time to take over."
East Oktibbeha has gone over the 100 mark once this season and been up over 80 in several other games.
"We are an up-tempo team," Bush said. "Because we are kind of a small tea, we like to get the ball and run and make things happen. That's definitely when we have been at our best this season."
Coach Bush is happy to get the ball in his top player's hands as much as possible.
"He's just a tremendous high school player, one of the best in Mississippi and one that a lot of people want," Coach Bush said. "Coach Heath and his staff really have him excited about Arkansas and the chance to come play there. I don't know how it is all going to end up, but I know he is going to be a great one in college just like he is for now because he can just do so many things as a basketball player."
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