Arkansas Wades Into Memphis

On the same day that Arkansas announces 2009 signee Anthony Borden will go to junior college, Memphis guard Mardracus Wade (6-3, 170) goes ahead and publicly announces his commit to the Razorbacks after privately pledging to sign with them last week.

As far as Mardracus Wade is concerned, the University of Arkansas basketball program getting back in Memphis is a very big thing.

Wade (6-3, 170) noted that Monday afternoon moments after publicly committing to the Razorbacks – on the same day it was announced 2009 signee Anthony Borden (7-0, 230) of West Memphis would matriculate to junior college as expected instead of Fayetteville.

"The last time Arkansas had teams led by guys from Memphis they were in the Final Four," said Wade, who will play at Hargrave Military Academy his senior season after starring at Memphis Mitchell previously. "I hope to be the start of a lot of Memphis guys coming that way again and getting them back where they used to be."

Wade – ranked as the 74th best player in the nation by and someone who was invited to the NBA Players Top 100 camp - has a few in mind.

Germantown shooting guard Austin Hollins (6-4, 170), who took an unofficial visit to Arkansas this past weekend and Memphis Ridgeway power forward Tarik Black (6-8, 230) are two of those.

"I can think of several that would be good to bring with me, but Austin Hollins is the first one that comes to mind and Tarik Black is another," Wade said. "Austin is a big guard like me and is a really, really good shooter. I think we could really work well together in the future for Arkansas. And Tarik is a beast."

Wade chose Arkansas over co-finalist Missouri as well as Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

"I just really love their coaches and they have been on me the longest and hardest," Wade said. "They were at all my games this summer. They clearly did the best job of recruiting me of any of the teams and that really stuck out with me and is a big reason I just wanted to go ahead and commit."

Wade actually committed privately to the Razorbacks last week, but had been waiting to make it public until he had a chance for him mom to see the UA campus.

"But I know it is where I want to go for sure so I just decided to go ahead and announce it," Wade said.

Wade, who has been a prime target for Razorbacks for over a year, thinks transferring to Hargave in Chatham, Va., will be a good deal for him off and on the court. "Yes, sir I will be attending Hargave this season and I am very excited about it," Wade said. "I know the Razorbacks have had some guys from there (Darian Townes and Stefan Welsh)."

He'll do so after averaging 18 points for Memphis Mitchell last season and splitting his AAU time this summer with the Memphis Magic and the M33M squad.

Wade has been told he will see time at both point and off guard with the Razorbacks.

"Because I am a bigger guard, the Arkansas coaches have talked about how I will play both and could team with (current) Razorback Courtney Fortson to really cause some problems on defense," Wade said. "I think we could really D some teams up."

It was thought when Borden signed that he would likely head to prep school first, but then there was optimism he would actually be in Fayetteville this season.

Instead he came up short on his ACT and is slated to play next season for Holmes (Miss.) Community College.

Former Little Rock Parkview star and Auburn player Wes Flanigan is the head coach at Holmes while fellow Patriot star and Ole Miss player Jason Harrison is an assistant.

"Anthony will not be joining us this fall," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey says. "He will be going to a junior college. I have a lot of respect for Anthony and his family, and we wish him well."

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