Potential Razorbacks

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Indian Hills CC head coach Jeff Kidder, who talks about his players visiting Arkansas this weekend. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free, as is an offer to attend a Razorback game. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.




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After hosting two recruits on official visits last weekend, the University of Arkansas basketball program will entertain a couple more this weekend.

The Indian Hills (IA) Community College duo of forward Marcus Relphorde (6-7, 225) and center Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220) are scheduled to make the trek to Fayetteville on Friday.

They both played this season for Indian Hills head coach Jeff Kidder, who was at Kentucky when Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey was playing for the Wildcats.

""John and I are really close friends," Kidder said. "I was a student assistant when he was playing there. I worked for Eddie Sutton, started out being a manager and also worked for Pat Foster at Nevada.

"I would love to see John get these kids because I know he would take them and make them better and in turn help his program," Kidder said. "I hope it works out that way."

Relphorde started his college career at St. Louis, where he averaged 4.3 points per game as a freshman.

The former Chicago prep star decided to move on when Brad Soderberg was fired and replaced by Rick Majerus.

He averaged 10.5 points per game this past season, hitting just under 50 percent of his field goal attempts, 35 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent of his free throws.

"Marcus has a very high IQ, has great size for a wing player and can play inside out at 6-6, 6-7," Kidder said. "He's got a great body and can really, really shoot the basketball. He is athletic, can rebound is a very physical player and if he chooses Arkansas, he would be an SEC athlete. He's just a terrific guy and a very good student."

Indian Hills went 30-3 this season before falling to Southeastern CC 81-80 in overtime in game that would have sent it on to the National Junior College Tournament.

The Warriors will have at least 8 Division I signees by the time the spring signing period ends on May 26.

Kidder said that Relphorde has visited TCU and Colorado and could visit Ole Miss if he doesn't commit to Arkansas during his trip.

"I had a lot of really good players this year and Marcus was one of them," Kidder said. "The last half of the season he averaged 16 or 17 points. Like a lot of kids, he will have his junior and senior season and just going to get better and better."

The same is true for Johnson, who averaged 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game and hit 56 percent of his field goal attempts, but made less than half of his charity tosses.

Johnson, who played at Chicago Bloom Township High School as did UA signee Jemal Farmer, has also visited TCU.

"His best basketball is way ahead of him," Kidder said. "He is a late bloomer that is 6-9 and started every game for me. He has a great IQ, great touch and can face up and shoot it. He is another terrific kid that is a good student. He can run, block shots. You can run the offense through him because he doesn't turn the ball over in the post, which is a big deal for a center."

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Oak Hill Academy forward Glenn Bryant (6-7, 200) and transferring Iowa guard Jeff Peterson (6-0, 192) both visited Arkansas officially last weekend.

Bryant has also visited South Florida and could visit the University of Detroit in his hometown.

"Glenn had a great visit and is leaning toward signing with Arkansas," Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith said. "He may visit Detroit, but he wouldn't do that until next weekend because he has the prom next weekend."

Peterson has decided not to interviews until he makes a decision.







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