Fortson's Take

The Patterson (N.C.) School point guard Courtney Fortson (5-11, 175), the former Mr. Basketball in Alabama, visits Arkansas and comes away extremely impressed.

Fresh of his official visit to the University of Arkansas this weekend, prep point guard Courtney Fortson was saying things that no doubt will have the Razorback basketball coaches smiling.

"I just loved it, loved it," Fortson said Sunday night after he had returned home. "Everything about it – the personality of the players, Fayetteville is a great city and the weather was great," Fortson said. "They have great tradition and a really big arena. There's absolutely nothing I don't love about Arkansas."

Fortson, a 5-11, 175-pound prospect who was Mr. Basketball in Alabama last season and is now at The Patterson (N.C.) School, spent time playing pick-up games with the current Razorbacks on Saturday during an open gym.

"They have great players and a lot of them can go to the next level from what I have seen," Fortson said. "I would love to play with them."

Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Minnesota and Florida State are all trying to set up visits with Fortson.

"I have not set any of them up firm yet, but I am working on visits to Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Minnesota," Fortson said.

Obviously three of those teams are in the SEC, a league that would give Fortson a chance to play before the home folks on several occasions.

"I would like to compete against the best every time I go out and play and the SEC is looking good to me right now."

At first Fortson didn't think he would sign in November, but sees that as a definite possibility now.

"I'm not quite sure, but I am thinking I will probably sign in November," Fortson said. "It just depends on what is best for me and my family at the time."

Believe it or not, The Patterson School has already started its basketball season.

"We have already played two games and are just getting used to each other," Fortson said. "It's going to be a great season because we have 48 games."


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