Intriguing Diaz

Arkansas head basketball coach John Pelphrey took in a game featuring Puerto Rico Pump "N" Run center Jorge Bryant Diaz (6-11, 220), who is a 2008 prospect that several schools have been evaluating this week in Las Vegas.

Could there be a late addition to the 2008 University of Arkansas basketball recruiting class?

That's yet to be determined, but Razorback head coach John Pelphrey did look at a possibility while in Las Vegas.

He's Puerto Rico Pump ‘N' Run center Jorge Bryant Diaz (6-11, 220), an unsigned big man who has split time between New York City and Puerto Rico and has had plenty of schools evaluating his game this week.

"I don't know much about Arkansas other than I hear it is a very good program," Diaz said. "I am looking for a school that I could get some playing time and I would feel comfortable."

Arkansas, Nebraska, Loyola-Marymount, Indiana and Virginia Commonwealth are some of the schools who are evaluating Diaz and thinking of offering according to Pump ‘N' Run head coach Jorge Melendez, Sr.

"He will just look at whatever the best offers are and then make a decision," Melendez said through his son, who served as translator.

Diaz has played on the Puerto Rican Junior National team in the 19-and-under World Championships – including a game against current Razorback Patrick Beverley - and will be joining the senior team in the near future according to Melendez.

He had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks Friday in his team's win overTBO on Friday afternoon that moved the squad into the Elite Eight of the Gold Division at the Adidas Super 64.

"He is a complete player," Melendez said. "He blocks a lot of shots. He is defensive player, an offensive player and is very intelligent and is a definite high Division 1 player."

Diaz had the chance to play against guys like former Kansas State star and Miami Heath draft pick Michael Beasley Georgetown signee Greg Monroe in his tournament action.

"I can score and block shots, but I need to get more physical," Diaz said. "I am working on that."





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