While a lot of the attention was focused on 2009 prospects at last weekend's Real Deal on the Hill, there was certainly one 2010 Memphis prospect that continued to catch the attention of the University of Arkansas coaches.
Memphis Central sophomore guard Tim Peete (6-3, 170), one of the Bluff City's best prep talents, shined throughout the event while playing for M33M.
He is a fan of the University of Arkansas program and Razorback head coach John Pelphrey.
"I like Coach Pelphrey and I like his program," Peete said. "He is an up-tempo coach and he likes long armed guards that like to get it up and down. That's my style and that is why they are high on my list."
That list includes three schools that are nearby and made the NCAA Tournament last season.
"Arkansas, Tennessee, Memphis have been showing interest in me and are schools I really like," Peete said. "I would love for Kansas and North Carolina to call me and show me some love, too."
It's no secret that Arkansas' program flourished with Memphis players back in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.
It's an area that the Razorbacks would love to get back into and they are looking at current 2009 prospect Sampson Carter and Peete, who team up on the M33M squad.
Peete says Memphis produces so much talent because there is no backing down.
"Nobody gives you anything there," Peete said. "It's just like LA. It's just like New York. They don't give you nothing. It doesn't matter what your name is, who you are, how big, how small. Most of the time the smaller players are the best players."
Peete averaged 15 points per game as a sophomore for Central.
"I think the best parts of my game right now are that I am unselfish, I am a team player and that I can get along with anybody," Peete said. "I also can shoot the ball pretty good and am a good passer."
Peete is looking forward to playing this spring and summer with M33M, who will be playing in the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron, Ohio this weekend.
"We are real young, but we play hard," Peete said. "We are trying to hold of the tradition our program has of playing hard.
"This is a very fun group of guys to play with Sampson Carter, Christian Watford and Ronald Brown," Peete said. "We play very loose together, very relaxed and gel very easily."
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