Arkansas Lands Nobles

Mississippi prep basketball star Julysess Nobles (6-1, 175) does as expected Tuesday night and commits to sign with the University of Arkansas during the April 15-May 26 spring signing period.

As March came to a close, the University of Arkansas turned to Julysess.

Jackson Callaway guard Julysess Nobles (6-1, 175), who came up just shy of being named Mr. Basketball in Mississippi, committed to the Razorbacks late Tuesday night.

Nobles, who averaged 21 point, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game this past season for Class 4A state and overall champs, chose Arkansas over UAB and Georgia State.

"I just really like their style of play and I can see myself coming in and helping out their team in the backcourt," Nobles said. "The way Arkansas wants to play with a lot of guys pressing and running the break, I think I will be able to help them come in and do that."

Nobles, who announced his decision at 9:45 on Fox 40's newcast in Jackson, thinks he will blend in well with current Arkansas guards Courtney Fortson, Rotnei Clarke, Stefan Welsh and Marcus Britt.

"I watched about 6 or 7 of their games this season and I know they didn't finish that good in the SEC, but I saw a lot early there and I think they have a great future," Nobles said. "I think they were just a little ways off from winning a lot more games last season.

"I know that when they lost the football player (Marcus Monk) and the other guy (Montrell McDonald), it really hurt them and what they could do pressing and running the floor," Nobles said. "That's why I think they are not that far off as they add in some more guys to have as many as they want to play."

The spring signing period opens April 15 and runs through May 26.

Arkansas signed three players during the fall signing period – West Memphis center Anthony Borden (7-0, 230), power forward Marshawn Powell (6-8, 250) of The Miller (Va.) School and Cloud County (KA) Community College small forward Jemal Farmer (6-5, 215).

The Razorbacks are also known to be interested in a trio of other forwards – Glenn Bryant (6-7, 190) of Oak Hill Academy; Marcus Relphorde (6-7, 225) of Indian Hills (IA) CC and Midland (Texas) CC post Kavon Lytch (6-7, 240).

The Orlando Sentinel also mentioned that Arkansas has made contact with Chicago Whitney Young guard Marcus Jordan (6-3, 180), the youngest son of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

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