After a weekend trip to the University of Arkansas, it's down to a two-horse race in the Marvell Waithe sweepstakes.
Waithe, a 6-9, 215-pound combo forward from Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College confirmed that on Monday morning.
"It's Arkansas and Rutgers, where I will go on Saturday," Waithe said. "I have decided those are the only two visits that I am going to take and I will announce a decision right after that."
Waithe, Mr. Basketball in Canada back in 2006, was pleased with what he found on his first visit to Fayetteville this weekend and with head coach John Pelphrey's program.
"It was really nice," Waithe said. "I got to hang out with the guys on the team, get to know the coaches better, our relationship got even stronger and I got to go to a great football game. It was a great atmosphere. Then I had a great visit and a great meal at Coach Pelphrey's house. I have no complaints about my visit. It was great."
Waithe, who averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for TCC, likes the way he will be used if he signs with the Razorbacks.
"They told me that they did not have a player like me and they planned to use me in a very unique way," Waithe said. "I will play both the 3 and the 4 for them and take advantages of mismatches.
"If I am playing the 3, most small forwards in the SEC are like 6-4, 6-5, 6-6 and I will be able to just shoot over them," Waithe added. "At the 4, most of the SEC power forwards are 6-8 or 6-9, but are not as quick as I am so I would be able to get around them. All that would help me continue to develop as a player."
Waithe, who went to prep school for two years while battling the NCAA to approve his Canadian high school course, was at one point committed to Rutgers after one of those prep seasons.
"It's the same coaches now, but obviously different players," Waithe said. "I'm just going to go up there and see what it's like now."
Asked to handicap the race for his signature during the Nov. 11-18 early signing period, Waithe was cautious in his answer.
"If you are asking me who is leading right now or who I prefer, I think the best way to put it is that Arkansas really moved up for me after this visit," Waithe said. "But since I have not been to Rutgers yet, it would not be fair to Rutgers just to say one leads over the other. I want to be fair to both schools. I'll just get up there, check it out and then announce a decision."
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