Make it 2 for 2 in late summer NCAA Eligibility Center success stories for the University of Arkansas basketball team.
UA hoops signee Jason Henry (6-7, 200), a former West Memphis high school star, got word on Thursday afternoon that he had been cleared and would be playing for Razorbacks starting this season.
"Oh, man, I am so excited that I can hardly breathe and my heart is beating so fast," Henry said. "It's been so tough waiting and they told me that it might take forever. I just kept hoping and praying and it's come true."
Henry, who has attended a pair of prep schools the past two years, joins freshmen point guard Courtney Fortson as Razorbacks who have gotten word in the last two weeks they were cleared.
They are part of seven incoming players – 5 freshmen, junior college transfer Montrell McDonald and redshirt freshmen Michael Sanchez – who will be seeing their first action as Razorbacks, who will have just 10 scholarship players on its roster.
Arkansas lost six seniors and will also without junior Patrick Beverley, who has reportedly signed with an agent and will play overseas after being ruled unable to compete for the team this season.
Juniors Michael Washington and Stefan Welsh and sophomore Marcus Britt and walk-on Steven Cox are the only returning players from last season who saw court time.
"Everyone thinks we are going to be bad, but they haven't seen me play and they haven't seen some of these other guys," Henry said. "We are going to be a lot better than people are thinking."
Henry, who averaged 27 points last season for a 32-1 Cincinnati Harmony Christian squad and signed with the University of Cincinnati out of high school, and McDonald are the only true small forwards on the roster.
"I know I have got to come in and be an impact player right away," Henry said. "I mean I am 20 years old and have been around a while. I can't be like a normal freshman. I have got to be ready to go right now and I will be."
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