Heath Briefs Media on Recruiting Haul

Arkansas coach Stan Heath visits with the media after receiving the letters of intent from the newest Hog basketballers.

Stan Heath was beaming from ear to ear as he went over in detail the four players that signed with Arkansas on Wednesday. And, he  was happy to announce that all four -- Olu Famutimi, Vincent Hunter, Ronnie Brewer and Julius Lamptey -- had faxed to Arkansas their signed letters of intent complete with their parent's signatures, too.

"We've received all of the faxes," Heath said at a Thursday media briefing. "I've been a part of top five clases before at Michigan State, and this one is as good as any of those. We have signed impact players and we've got it at the guard spot and on the inside. We are pleased."

Heath said he was excited about the physical presence of both Lamptey and Hunter inside and the complete perimeter games that Brewer and Famutimi bring to the Hogs. Heath had his first chance to talk about Famutimi and Lamptey since the UA didn't receive their LOIs until Thursday.

"Olu is a major talent," Heath said. "He is gifted athletically, and is a scoring machine and is dangerous in the open floor. Lamptey is a man child. He's a true low post player. As he matures and understands the intensity it takes against other people his size, he's going to be a great player. As it is with most big people, he hasn't been able to go against other big men much yet.

"Lamptey is just so big. He is a baby Shaq in some ways. He's athletic and he can pound the glass. He might not play as hard as he could all the time, but he'll get that. He's a guy who was 290 last year and he's lost 20 pounds to 270 and he's toned up his body."

Heath said he is fascinated with the idea of playing Famutimi and Brewer together, although some have suggested they play the same spot.

"They will complement each other like Jordan and Pippin," Heath said. "I'm not saying they are that good, but I'm saying they will fit together. I never thought about it being a problem (putting them on the floor at the same time). I always expected that they would play together. To be honest, it never came up from them (that they play the same spot).

"Olu has a scorer's mentality. Ronnie is someone who is very good with the ball in his hand and will distribute, create and also can score. They are two major, major weapons. There was never a conflict. No way do you look at both of them as a two. They can both play about any spot and will thrive together. It was always a no brainer.

"I think Hunter is vastly under rated. He may be the most under rated player in the country. He's tall and he has the ability to shoot, and he also likes to bang down low. He can and will be very physical when it's required. He's a true 6-9 player who can play inside and outside. He's sure not afraid to post you up and not afraid of contact."

 


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