Magnificent Marquez

Arkansas is involved with 2010 prospect Marquez Cothron (6-9, 205), a Alabama native who is headed to The Patterson School this fall and had a very productive week in Las Vegas for Southeast Elite, future UA point guard Courtney Forton's old AAU squad.

LAS VEGAS - The University of Arkansas wouldn't mind at all if it got another prospect through the Alabama-Southeast Elite- Patterson School pipeline.

The Razorbacks already have one via that route in 2008 signee Courtney Fortson, who is scheduled to take over as the starting point guard right away this season.

The UA got a good look in Las Vegas this week at another - 2010 power forward/center Marquez Cothron (6-9, 205) - who hails from Huntsville, plays his AAU basketball for Southeast Elite and is headed for The Patterson School this fall.

"I like Arkansas a lot," Cothron said. "When it comes down to it, I could certainly end up going there. I like Arkansas."

Cothron, who will be a junior at Patterson this fall, averaged 21 points in five games this weekend in the Reebok Summer Championships in Las Vegas.

UAB, Oregon and Mississippi State are some other schools that have already showed major interest in Cothron. Southeast Elite, which Fortson led to much success the past few summers, was 4-1 in its stay in Vegas while going through pool play unbeaten.

"We did better than I thought we were going to do," Cothron said. "We went 4-0 to start out, which was a lot better than Atlanta where we went 0-3."

This is Cothron's first year with Southeast Elite so he didn't get a chance to play with Fortson.

He is looking forward to following in Fortson's footsteps to The Patterson School in North Carolina.

"I think it is going to help my game a lot," Cothron said. "I will go up against a lot of big-time D-1 guys and that can only help me get better."

Cothron said he spent last season at Nashville Christian Academy after playing high school basketball at Hunstville's Madison Academy as a ninth grader.

"I am trying to get stronger and improve my jump shot," Cothron said. "I also want to improve my foot speed. But I can score and I work really hard."

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