Coming into his unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas this afternoon, Terrance Joyner was pretty sure what he wanted to do.
A few hours into it and the California native was sure.
Joyner, a 6-2, 175-pound senior-to-be combo guard from Genesis One Academy in Mendenhall, Miss., committed to the Razorbacks on Wednesday night and becomes John Pelphrey's first commitment of the 2008 class.
"I just went ahead and committed today," Joyner said Wednesday night while still in Fayetteville. "I love the atmosphere, think it is one of the best programs in the best conference in the country and really like what Coach Pelphrey is doing and the direction they are headed in."
Rotnei Clarke, the 6-1 guard from Verdigris, Okla., took an unofficial visit to Arkansas this past weekend and remains a top priority for the Razorbacks.
Joyner chose Arkansas over offers from New Mexico State, Oregon State and Washington State and was receiving significant interest from Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, USC and Florida State.
"(Razorback point guard) Gary Ervin will be a senior this year and so when I come in there will be an opportunity to play right away and make an impact," Joyner said. "That also played into my decision to go ahead and commit right now even though those other schools were going to offer."
Joyner actually visited Fayetteville first during the Real Deal on the Hill AAU Tournament.
"I liked what I saw then, but they didn't have a coach at that time so I didn't think much about it," Joyner said. "But after Coach Pelphrey came along, his assistants saw me playing AAU ball and I got an offer."
Joyner is playing AAU basketball this summer with the M33MBallers, a Memphis-area team sponsored by NBA player Mike Miller – a former player when Pelphrey was an assistant at Florida.
"I playing with some great players like Elliot Williams and Lawrence Bowers, who also have offers from Arkansas," Joyner said.
The M33MBallers have several events left, including finishing up in Las Vegas this summer.
"I feel good about getting into the lane, my passing and my handle and am just working hard on improving my shot this summer," Joyner said. "I want to be a complete point guard."
Joyner would become the second Razorback to arrive from Genesis One – following in the footsteps of current Razorback Michael Washington.
"He had left Genesis One before I got there, but I saw him play today and he is a great player," Joyner said. "I think going to Genesis One helped me develop into a pure point guard from a combo guard."
Joyner still needs some academic work to be qualified next year, but believes he can accomplish that.
"I've got a 17 on my (ACT) test and just need to get back to school and take care of my business," Joyner said. "I am going to take the test again and try to improve it as well."
Joyner picks Arkansas
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