Relphorde's Revival

Former St. Louis signee and current Indian Hills-Ottumwa (IA) CC standout Marcus Relphorde (6-7, 225) - who is visiting the University of Arkansas this weekend along with his teammate and fellow Chicago native Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220) - talks about how his trek to Fayetteville is going.

Marcus Relphorde has already been a Billiken, is currently a Warrior and could very well soon be a Razorback.

Or a Horned Frog or even a Buffalo.

Relphorde, a 6-7, 225-pound small forward from Indian Hills-Ottumwa (IA) Community College, is visiting the University of Arkansas this weekend after already taking trips to TCU and Colorado.

"So far being here at Arkansas, the facilities are crazy compared to the other schools – much better," Relphorde said. "I like the coaches. They are a young staff and very easy to talk to…I really like it here."

Relphorde, who is visiting Arkansas along with teammate and fellow Chicago native Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220), plans to make a decision quick.

"This is my last visit," Relphorde said. "Hopefully I can make my decision by next week. Definitely by the end of the month. I am going to go home and talk to my family and make my decision."

Arkansas coaches have made it clear to him that he fits a need for them and would play small forward and probably even some minutes at the shooting guard.

"They are definitely talking about a lack of depth at the three position and said that (Stefan) Welsh had to play it for them a lot last year and he isn't really a small forward," Relphorde said. They expressed a need to get a big wing and that somebody could come in and play a lot of minutes – whether it be at the 3 or the 2 if Rotnei is out."

Relphorde averaged 10.5 points this past season for a team that went 30-3 and will have nine Division I signees.

He hit just under 50 percent of his field goal attempts, knocked down 35 percent of his 3-pointers and 72 percent of his free throw attempts.

"I definitely need to work on every part of my game, because I want to be as complete a player as I can be," Relphorde said. But the best part of my game is just being a match-up problem for the other team,". "It's my versatility. I am a perimeter player, but my size allows me to go post up smaller guards or if a bigger guard is on me I can just go around him."

"I shoot the 3 pretty well and I rebounded pretty well," Relphorde added.

Indian Hills' season started and ended with a loss, but there were a lot of wins in between.

That included two wins in Fort Smith right after Thanksgiving at a tournament held at UAFS where the Warriors drilled Texas schools Weatherford (92-59) and Ranger (85-62).

"We started the year off ranked number one and then lost our first game to Chipola and spent most of the season at number two," Relphorde said. "We pretty much coasted and won the next 29."

The Warriors played rival Southeastern in a best of three series for a trip to the national tournament.

After splitting the first two games, Indian Hills fell 81-80 in the decisive game.

"We got beat on a last second shot," Relphorde said. "It was almost unreal."

Indian Hills was certainly loaded this season.

"We'll have like nine D-1 signees," Relphorde said. " Everybody had to sacrifice for the better of the team. I think it worked out good.

"We all came there to win a national championship," Relphorde added. "It was tough sometimes seeing a guy on the other team get 20 and you know you are better than him."

Relphorde played at Chicago's Homewood-Flossmoore before playing his senior season at American Christian School in Aston, Pennsylvania.

He teamed in the backcourt with current Memphis star Tyreke Evans, who just declared for the NBA draft.

Relphorde chose St. Louis over UNLV, Temple, Wisconsin and St. Joe's.

He signed with the Billikens and head coach Brad Soderberg out of high school, only to see the coach get let go a week after he did.

"Coach Soderberg recruited me for a very long time and I actually waited and signed in the late period," Relphorde said. "It was crazy. I had talked to the AD and she said everything was good. It turned out to not even be her decision. The week after I signed, they let him go."

"I originally was going to take my commitment back, but the assistant coach that had recruited me stayed there so I gave it a shot and decided to see who they got," Relphorde said. "They hired (Rick) Majerus, he re-recruited me again and it looked like it was going to work out, but it just wasn't a good fit once I got down there."

Relphorde played in 21 games his freshmen season at St. Louis, but averaged just five minutes per contest.

"I decided to go juco for a year to make sure I played a lot and to open my recruitment back up," Relphorde said.

He believes it was a great decision because of the level of play in the ICCAC.

"I think we definitely play in one of the top junior college leagues in the country," Relphorde said. "There are great crowds, a lot of great rivalries and we also play a great non-conference schedule. I think it helped me develop."

Relphorde sized up the other two schools he is considering.

"Both of those schools are nice," Relphorde said. "I went to TCU first. It was good. They are definitely rebuilding, a new coaching staff and everything like that. They have a need for somebody that can make an immediate impact.

"Colorado is kind of in the same boat with rebuilding," Relphorde added. "I have a good relationship with those coaches and they have been recruiting me for a long time."





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