Little Rock Parkview junior forward Aaron Ross is still two years away from playing for the Razorbacks, but is no less committed to do so.
Ross (6-7, 225) said Saturday at the University of Arkansas Elite Basketball Camp that he has never once wavered since committed back during his ninth grade season.
"It's been real good being committed to Arkansas," Ross said. "I got it out of the way and I am very happy about it."
Ross joined fellow Arkansas Wings teammates and 2011 prospects Hunter Mickelson (6-10) of Jonesboro Westside, Ky Madden (6-4) of East Poinsett County and David Rivers (6-6) of Little Rock Hall on hand this weekend for the camp.
Nicknamed the Baby Wings, the Razorback staff is hoping they will all become the Baby Hogs one day.
They are all coming off a very good effort at the AAU National Tournament in Orlando.
"It went really well for us this summer," Mickelson said. "We finished first or second in a lot of tournaments. We only lost like six or seven games the whole summer. We won our first three tournaments and I think the first time we lost was at the Peach Jam, where we got beat three times and only won once."
Ross was singled out by several observers as having a great national tournament while taking advantages of mismatches.
"My jump shot was going well, I was going to the rack, posting up and finding my open teammates," Ross said. I have gotten stronger, but I have got to get a lot quicker and need to work on my handle. It's getting there."
Ross played in both the 16-and-17 AAU National Tournaments.
"They (17s) were a lot quicker and a lot stronger," Ross said. "It was certainly different."
Mickelson has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Wake Forrest.
"I think I have improved a lot since the last basketball season," Mickelson said. "I think I have gotten bigger, a little quicker and got more explosion. I still need to keep working on my footwork."
Mickelson has talked with current Razorbacks Rotnei Clarke and Michael Sanchez, who would both still be around should he choose to come to join the Razorbacks.
"I've talked to Rotnei and Michael and they are really nice and good guys to talk to," Mickelson said. "It's real nice up here and the coaches are nice. I really like it up here.
"But I am just going to wait and see how many offers I am going to get and then get a top five and see the pros and cons of those colleges," Mickelson added. "Then I will just pick the best one for me.
Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Memphis and Baylor have all offered scholarships to Madden.
"I like Arkansas," Madden said. "They are probably at the top of my list now."
But Madden is in no hurry to make a decision.
"I don't really have a timetable, just when I am ready to commit," Madden said.
"It was kind of fun distributing the ball and getting my team involved," Madden said. "It was real and something new."
While he doesn't have any offers yet, Rivers is seeing interest from several schools.
"I am getting looks from Arkansas, Iowa State and Kansas," Rivers reports. "I think Arkansas is a good program and I like them a lot."
Rivers has the versatility to take his game inside and out.
"Since I am a two guard, I usally am taller than people guarding me and that gives me an advantage in the post," Rivers said. "I think I have to get better footwork and get more aggressive."
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