Ever since he left the University of Arkansas on his official visit back on May 4, Cowley (Kan.) College small forward Montrell McDonald (6-6, 190) has known he wanted to be a Razorback.
The former Fort Worth prep standout, who played his freshman season at George Washington and had committed to Texas Tech just days before visiting Arkansas, just wanted to sleep on it.
He did - some 12 nights before making his decision public when his letter-of-intent arrived at the UA on Friday officially adding him to the Razorbacks' 2008 signing class.
"I just felt like it was the best place for me, but wanted to be real sure of it because it was the biggest decision of my life to this point," McDonald said. "So I slept on it and at the end knew it was the place for me."
McDonald, who is UA head coach John Pelphrey's sixth signee of the 2008 class, averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 blocks per game for a 31-3 squad this past season.
"I feel like I am a very versatile player, a slasher, a very good defnsive player and someone who will do whatever his team needs him to do," McDonald said. "I like to get out and run and that's what Coach Pelphrey wants to do."
McDonald chose Arkansas over Texas Tech, Kansas State and Wichita State. He visited the first three schools, but did not go to Wichita State.
"I was supposed to go to Wichita State for a visit after Arkansas, but just didn't see that as something I needed to do," McDonald said. "Arkansas is the place for me."
McDonald joins guards Courtney Fortson and Rontei Clarke and forwards Jason Henry, Andre Clarke and Brandon Moore in the 2008 Razorback recruiting class.
McDonald's signing certainly softens the blow of losing fall signee and fellow junior college small forward Daniel Payne, who did not meet academic requirements.
"I got a chance to meet all the players while I was up there except the ones that are not coming back," McDonald said. "I think we are going to have a great team."
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