University of Arkansas basketball signee Anthony Borden of West Memphis knows there will be a lot of eyes on him at Thursday night's All-Star Basketball Game.
That's in large part because while the Razorbacks and some 12 other schools obviously thought of him as a prospect, there are some critics out there who still think of Borden (7-0, 230) as a suspect.
"I want to get an MVP ring, show everybody what I can do and why I am going to Arkansas next year," Borden said.
The girls all-star game starts at 6 at Bud Walton Arena with the boys event to follow.
Borden will play for the East squad along with Conway's Jarvis Garner and ASU signee Adam Sterreberg of Cabot while Oklahoma State signee Fred Gulley of Fayetteville, Drake signee Aaron Hawley of Rogers and Coleson Rakestraw of Siloam Springs head up the West roster.
"Not many people have the chance I have, so I'm going to take the chance," Borden said. "There's a lot of people in West Memphis depending on me."
Borden, who has only been playing basketball for a few years after a growth spurt, averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocked shots per game as a senior.
He chose Arkansas over Missouri, Alabama, Texas A&M and many others.
"(It was) the facilities, the gym, the crowd, the fans and all that," Borden said.
Borden still has to get a qualifying ACT score to be eligible next season, something he hopes happen when he took it on June 13.
"I am very confident," Borden said. "I am still working hard, but think I am going to make it."
As he is on his on-court development.
"I am still working on a little bit of post moves, getting bigger and getting stronger," Borden said. "I want to show everybody what I can do."
Borden is one of seven Arkansas signees, a list that also includes fellow big men Marshawn Powell (6-8, 250) and Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220).
They will join All-SEC returnee Michael Washington (6-10, 240) in giving the Razorbacks much better size up front than they had last season.
"It's going to be big men helping each other out, getting each other better, talking to each other and telling what we have got to do," Borden said. "I know it will help me out."
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