Brumfield and Borden

Brumfield and Borden may sound like a law firm, but its actually the Arkansas Hawks duo of 2008 prospect Dominick Brumfield (6-7, 220) of Los Angeles and 2009 prospect Anthony Borden (6-11, 205) of West Memphis - a pair of players Arkansas coaches will monitor the development of this spring and summer.

There are a few Arkansas Hawks names that are very familiar to University of Arkansas basketball fans: Clarence Trent, Fred Gulley and even Coleson Rakestraw, younger brother of former Razorback Nate Rakestraw.

But there are a couple of other prospects on this year's Hawks roster that the UA coaching staff will be monitoring the development of during this spring and summer's AAU circuit.

Current 2008 power forward prospect Dominick Brumfield (6-7, 220) of Los Angeles and 2009 talent Anthony Borden (6-11, 205) of West Memphis – who both played in the Real Deal on the Hill this past weekend in Fayetteville – definitely bear watching.

"I am an '08 prospect and I just turned 18," Brumfield said. "I could go to a prep school next year if I wanted to, but I am going to see what offers I have at the end of the summer and make a decision then. If I don't like those, then I will just reclassify to 2009 and go back to the prep route."

There are a few teams at least sniffing around.

"Arkansas has asked about me, Oregon State, Washington State and a couple of others," Brumfield said. "Playing in tournaments like this one with the Hawks is really going to get my name out there and help my status."

Brumfield played for William H. Taft High School in Los Angeles in 2006-2007 before matriculating to Genesis One Prep last season.

He has missed the second semester of action each of the past two seasons because of a residency issue while at Taft and then exiting the financially-strapped Genesis One program just as current Razorback Andre Clark (6-10, 210) did.

Clark recommended him to Hawks coach Bill Ingram, the same coach that turned Clark from a raw talent last summer to one that Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Indiana had offered by the end of the AAU season.

"After Christmas vacation I stayed there (Genesis One) for one more week and then I got word I got a 21 on my ACT," Brumfield said. "I was also ahead on my credits so I could just go ahead and graduate. So I went back home and started working hard every day."

His games with the Hawks this weekend – watched by former Genesis One teammate Clark and UA coaches - were his first competitive ones since December.

"I've been off five months, but I have been working out every single day at home with my dad," Brumfield said. "As I work out I go through game situations so it is not new to me. But there is nothing like actually playing."

Arkansas Hawks coach Bill Ingram, whose squad will be back in action at the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Dallas this weekend after going 4-1 in the Real Deal, praised Brumfield's effort.

"He hasn't played any organized ball since January and that's put him a bit behind, but you can just see the talent there," Ingram said. "You can see that he can really shoot the ball, is a big, strong skill, but has the ability to do things both inside and outside on the floor."

"I think I am a good all-around player, but I need to step my defense up," Brumfield said. "Playing with these guys against this type of talent is really just going to elevate my game to another level."

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Borden is somewhat of a secret in his own state even after averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds for West Memphis as a junior.

"I played at West Memphis, but no one really knows who I am and tournaments like the Real Deal are going to help me get better and get my name out there."

Ingram knows that Borden has the ability to come as far as Clark did last summer.

"He is taller than Andre and playing against this type of competition is going to be great for him this summer," Ingram said. "I think he is going to get much better as the season goes along. He is a project, but he is a 6-11 project and that's a nice place to start."

Borden says he is fan of Arkansas, Memphis and Tennessee.

"Those are some teams I would really like to recruit me," Borden said. "I am going to go to work this summer and see if I can't get that to happen."





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