One would suppose Courtney Fortson's first semester at The Patterson (N.C.) School could have been a little bit better, but not much.
The 5-11, 175-pound University of Arkansas point guard signee, who chose the Razorbacks over Kentucky, is averaging 28 point, 10 assists and 7 rebounds per game for a team that went 21-0 the first semester.
"We put in a lot of hard work in practice and the games to get to 21-0," Fortson said. "We really played well as a team and I can't wait for us to get back the second semester and just keep things going."
Those wins included a standout performance against American Christian point guard Tyreke Evans.
"We played American Christian and Tyreke and I each had 30 points, but I also had 12 assists and about 8 rebounds," Fortson said. "The big deal was that we won the game. That's what I am all about is winning the game."
Fortson leads Patterson in field goal shooting, 3-point shooting, scoring, assists and steals and is second in rebounding despite his small size.
"One of the reasons that my field goal percentage is so high – around 60 percent – is that I get so many lay-ups off steals and the break," Fortson said. "But I am also shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range and feel really good about how that part of my game has come along. I have worked hard on that."
Fortson, whose second semester starts Jan. 8 and has a game after two days, has had the chance to watch a few UA games.
"They need a little help with the guard play, but that is one of the things that I am coming in to help with," Fortson said. "But they have had some very good games and I have been keeping up with them and rooting them on. I know they really played well against Missouri."
Fortson said that Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and his staff have kept in close contact with him.
"He has really been straight up with me the way about everything and I am excited about the way they are playing and getting up and down the floor," Fortson said. "I am really excited about getting up there and playing for Arkansas."
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