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Still with a decision to make on whether he will head to college or take the prep school route, Springdale Har-Ber power forward Michael Sanchez (6-9, 230) leads the Arkansas Hawks into AAU action this weekend at the Wallace Prather Memorial Tournament in Atlanta.

After being wined and dined, meted and greeted, Michael Sanchez is now ready to get back to the basketball court.

The now 6-9, 230-pound power forward from Springdale Har-Ber will do show Friday night when he leads the Arkansas Hawks into action at the Wallace Prather Memorial AAU Tournament in Atlanta.

Sanchez wowed college coaches at both the Real Deal on the Hill in Fayetteville and the Pittsburgh Jam Fest before skipping the Next Level Ballers event to go to his prom.

"Those are my guys and I think I kind of bailed on them to go to the prom," Sanchez said. "So I am going to come out this week and really go all out to make up for it."

Going all out - as he did in the two aforementioned events –now that he is healthy is one reason that Arkansas, Kentucky, Colorado and Wake Forest are all still trying to land his signature this spring.

He took two unofficial visits to the University of Arkansas and an official trip to Wake Forest in the last 10 days.

The last trip to Fayetteville was to meet new Razorback assistants Rob Evans and Isaac Brown after previously meeting with head coach John Pelphrey and the rest of the staff.

"I went up there (Arkansas) again Sunday night to see Coach Evans and Coach Brown," Sanchez said. "I have always liked and respect Coach Evans when he was at Ole Miss and Arizona State and enjoyed meeting Coach Brown as well.

"I am getting to know them all and really like they new staff at Arkansas," Sanchez said. "They really have me thinking great things about Arkansas now, but I just want to take a few visits and be sure of things."

The visit to Wake Forest was an enjoyable one per Sanchez, who spent time with head coach Skip Prosser and his staff.

"I enjoyed my stay there for the 48 hours that I was there," Sanchez said. "They showed me great hospitality and have some talented players and a chance for me to play right away if I go there.

"Coach Prosser and his staff are all really good guys and I have a good feeling about them," Sanchez said.

Sanchez will head out to Colorado next Tuesday for an official visit and then has plans to take one to Kentucky before making a decision.

That decision will most likely not be made by Wednesday, which is the end of the spring signing period.

"The time has just not been there to get in these visits, go to school and play our games," Sanchez said. "I don't have to sign by then. I'll just make the right decision soon and then will go from there."

Technically, Sanchez is still committed to play at Findley Prep School in Las Vegas next season.

"I've got two decisions to make – first prep school or college and then if I am going to college, which one," Sanchez said. "I want to make sure I am sure of what I want to do and not rush it."


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