The end of May brought a flurry of activity and news for the University of Arkansas basketball program.
According to reports out of Virginia and confirmed in Arkansas, 2009 power forward Marshawn Powell (6-7, 235) of The Miller School in Charlottesville, Va. committed to the Razorbacks on Saturday.
Powell, who averaged 20 points per game this past season and is a good friend of current UA player Stefan Welsh, is playing for the Boo Williams AAU squad this summer and, chose Arkansas over homestate Virginia, Maryland, Florida State and LaSalle.
He just did what he does," The Miller School head coach Fred Mawner said after Powell scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Virginia Independent Schools Conference Division I tournament championship game. He's very efficient. He just catches the ball, he turns and he scores."
Powell is ranked as the 79th best player in the country in the 2009 class by Scout.com.
Word also came that Arkansas is involved with three possible transfers - including the Big 10's leading shot blocker last season and the same conference's leading 3-point shooter.
One of those will be on campus later today - 6-10, 240-pound sophomore center Ekpe Udoh, a former Oklahoma prep star who is transferring from Michigan and will arrive in Fayetteville on Sunday night to start an official visit.
"Ekpe is a fine young man, and we thought he made tremendous improvements throughout the season," said Michigan coach John Beilein when he announced Udoh's decicision to leave on May 5. "I will miss Ekpe as a person and as a player, and we hope success will follow him in his future endeavors."
Udoh, who played at Edmond Santa Fe, played in all 67 games the last two season for Michigan, starting 31 of them while averaging 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
He had 92 blocks last season and 159 career ones for Michigan to make him fifth on the Wolverines all-time list.
He has already visited Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
"This was a very difficult decision for me," said Udoh. "I just feel I need to explore other options right now. I had a wonderful experience at Michigan, and I want to thank everyone for helping me the last two years. I wish them nothing but success in the future."
Sources also indicate Arkansas is involved with former Indiana guard Armon Bassett and Iowa State small forward Wesley Johnson and one or both could be brought in for a visit soon.
Bassett, who was recruited by former Arkansas head coach Stan Heath, was dismissed from the Indiana program by interim head coach Dan Dakich and that decision was upheld by new head coach Tom Crean.
He averaged 11.4 points and led the Big 10 in 3-point shooting at 45.4 percent.
Johnson averaged 12.4 points per game as a sophomore after scoring at a 12.3 clip as a freshman.
Iowa State allowed Johnson a limited release – he could not transfer to another Big 12 school or someone coming up on the Cyclones' schedule.
The pair settled on eight schools – Arkansas, UConn, Marquette, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia.
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