Tower Of Tarik

Memphis Ridgway junior Tarik Black (6-8, 230) is one of the University of Arkansas' top 2010 prospects and has earned a spot in's revised Top 75 rankings.

When's new Top 75 prospects for the 2010 class were revealed Thursday morning, it was no surprise at all that Tarik Black was a part of them.

Black, a 6-8, 230-pound power forward from Memphis Ridgeway who plays with the Memphis Magic AAU team, was slotted at No. 63.

"He's a phenomenal young player," Memphis Magic head coach Eric Robinson said. "He's big, he's got skill. When they get past my guards, he is right there to have their back. He blocks a lot of shots. He has great timing and is real quick with his jump."

Black, who averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season, has a ton of schools involved in his recruiting process.

Those include Arkansas, Memphis, Miami, UMass, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri and Baylor – who have all offered – and Duke, who has recently become involved.

"I have started narrowing it down yet," Black said. "There are a lot of schools involved, but Arkansas is definitely up there at the top. I will probably have a top 5 after July when the coaches can come back out and watch us."

The Razorback coaching staff got on him early when he came to their elite camp and were recently by his school along with Duke coaches.

"Arkansas has showed me a lot of love and that's what I like most about them," Black said. "To be honest, I don't watch a lot of college basketball at all. But I did watch a part of an Arkansas game and really liked their big man (Michael Washington) and they way they used him and that appeals to me."

Black helped lead the Magic to the Elite Eight of the Real Deal in the Rock a couple of weeks ago.

It is a team that includes three fellow Arkansas targets – Mardracus Wade, Joe Jackson and 2011 prospect Adonis Thomas – and one he thinks will have a shot to do well all spring and summer.

"We have a lot of talent on this team and a lot of great players," Black said. "If we play hard, we are going to win no matter who we are going against."

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