The University of Arkansas basketball program's stated intention was to get some much-needed height in its backcourt in the 2010 recruiting class.
Irving (Texas) MacArthur point guard Rickey Scott (6-3, 195) said Saturday that he had committed to the Razorbacks and head coach John Pelphrey during his official visit this weekend.
"I am coming here to Arkansas," Scott said. "I just told Coach Pelphrey and he was excited about it. I am going to come in and play the one (point guard) for them and I think it is going to be a great experience for me. Why not take it? So there is no reason to wait around. This is the place for me."
Scott, who chose Arkansas over co-finalist Texas Tech and other offers from Missouri, Baylor and Georgetown, joins 6-3 combo guard and Memphis native Mardracus Wade as 2010 Arkansas commits.
"Texas Tech is a very nice place, but it is nothing like this place here at Arkansas," Scott said. "Texas Tech's (arena) may be a tad bit newer, but they don't get 20,000 in here just going crazy.
"It felt like family as soon as I got here," Scott added. "I see a great atmosphere and great fans. This is basically like their pro team here in Arkansas. I think great things are going to happen."
The Texan said he actually made up his mind on Wednesday during a home visit with Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and assistant Rob Evans.
"It was on my home visit," Scott said. "I didn't know that they were looking at me to come play the point. They sit there and broke down my game, how I would fit into the offense and defense and it just made me fall in love with the process."
He is a big fan of Evans, who was a former head coach at Ole Miss and Arizona State before coming to Arkansas as an assistant.
"He is a like a grandpa or a dad to me," Scott said. "As soon as I met him, I fell in love with him just like I did Coach Pelphrey. He sit there in my house and broke down my game like no other coach ever had."
He averaged 18.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last season for MacArthur.
"I feel good about my dribble, need to get a little tighter," Scott said. "I can slash and I can get to the rim. I also feel real good about how I shoot the 3-pointer."
Scott has been listed anywhere from 6-2 to 6-4 and said his true height is in between.
"Last time I got measured I was 6-3 and three fourths," Scott said. " He (Pelphrey) told me that I remind him of the old school guards that use to be big and wide and and long. They look at me like a pro. I am not saying I am going to make it to the league, but I have the right frame for it."
While he has not met or played against Wade, Scott says he hears good things about his future backcourt partner.
"I heard he plays great defense and we can be a great combination back there," Scott said. "I think we can come in with these guys they are going to have here and really get things going."
Scott Commits to Arkansas
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