Now that he's actually seen the University of Arkansas, Virginia prep power forward Marshawn Powell is back in the fold.
Powell (6-7, 225), who committed to the Razorbacks without actually seeing the campus and then de-committed to slow down the process, re-committed to Arkansas on Sunday as the UA's Elite Camp ended.
"I saw how hard their big men work and I want to be a part of that because I want to go where the work you hard," Powell said. "I want to come to Arkansas and help hang a banner up in here."
He got a chance to see what the UA has to offer in between sessions of the camp.
"It's really nice," Powell said. "I didn't think the gym (Bud Walton Arena) would be this big. I got to see that huge weight room inside the practice facility. It's real nice. I also got a chance to see the Quad where the students stay. It's all been very impressive."
Powell, who averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds for The Miller School in Charlottesville as a junior, came to Fayetteville along with his coach Ken Chism and his older brother Marvell.
"He's loving it here right now," Chism said. "He loves that big weight room, the fact that it is a football school and it is just a great college town and college atmosphere with great coaches and good people around."
It didn't hurt Arkansas' chances with Powell that current Razorback Stefan Welsh is a good friend of Powell.
"Stefan and Marshawn's older brother played together and he knows that Stefan will take care of him if he comes up here," Chism said. "There are a lot of positives about Arkansas for us. The way they get behind the program is one of the biggest."
Powell said he has enjoyed being around the Razorback players.
"They are all real cool people, especially that guy right there," Powell said while pointing to Razorback junior Michael Washington.
Powell got a chance to see the kind of workout that the Razorback big men go through and jumped in himself.
"If I did that on a day-to-day basis, I would be going to the league (the NBA) for sure," Powell said. "It was tiring, especially coming from nationals, but it was something really nice and I got a lot of things from it."
Arkansas coaches – in the form of head coach John Pelphrey and assistant Tom Ostrom - have consistently been at Powell's AAU games this spring and summer.
"They love Marshawn and we always see them in the stands," Chism said. "Coach Tom Ostrom has been to a lot of our games as has Coach Pelphrey.
"Coach Pelphrey is a real down to earth person, a guy that is easy to get along with and a guy who is more than just a coach," Chism added. "He has a real pulse on what the kids are trying to get accomplished."
Although a little undersized for a college power forward, Chism is sure that is where he will play.
"The best part of his game is his low post game with his back to the basket," Chism said. "He has a good turnaround jumper and a good face-up game. He's a good defender and an all-around good player. He needs to improve defensively.
"I would say he would just be a 4, but not a 5," Chism said. "He really doesn't have the handle to where he could play the 3 although he can shoot the ball pretty well out to the 3-point line."
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