Borden Commits To Arkansas

West Memphis center Anthony Borden (7-0, 230) becomes the third University of Arkansas basketball commitment of the 2009 class on Friday, a day he learns he has also joined a very elite group.

The University of Arkansas basketball program has landed its third commitment of the 2009 season– a very large young man.

West Memphis center Anthony Borden (7-0, 230) committed to the Razorbacks on Friday according to Arkansas Hawks AAU coach Bill Ingram.

It came on a day that he learned he had grown to 7-feet when measured at the doctor's office.

"He decided that he really wanted to be a Razorback and they want him to be a Razorback so there was no reason to wait around any more," Ingram said. "This kid just has tremendous upside."

Borden is still very raw, having played just one season of AAU basketball and just three years of organized ball according to Ingram.

"He has really come a long way and I think he will likely put up more points than anybody in the state this season," Ingram said. "But it all honesty, it's that big time future that has everybody buzzing about him."

Ingram noted that Borden, who averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds last season, had offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Xavier and UAB.

"Arkansas is going to follow him this season and evaluate him and then make a decision on whether he joins them next season or goes to a prep school for a year," Ingram said. "If he does go to prep school, he'll be an absolute monster and a top 25 player nationally by the time he gets out of there. But we'll just see how it goes. He might be ready to help next season."

Borden certainly had his moments this summer while playing for the Hawks, which he did as a 6-10, 215-pound prospect.

"He went to the doctor on Friday and they measured him and he has grown an inch-and-a-half," Ingram said. "He is a true 7-footer now."

Borden joins Charlottesville (VA) Miller School power forward Marshawn Powell (6-8, 225) and Cloud County (KN) Community College small forward Jemal Farmer (6-5, 215) as Razorback commitments for the 2009 class.

The early signing period is Nov. 12-19.

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