Arkansas adds 2013 prospectMike Anderson is trying to keep the best players in Arkansas home.
This past weekend he got off to a good start by picking up a verbal commitment from 6-foot-2, 160-pound Dederick Lee, a standout at Clarksville (Ark.) High.
Dudley Dawson, of HawgsIllustrated, confirmed the news with the 4A state champion.
"I had in my mind that he (Anderson) was the coach that I wanted to play for in college when he was still at Missouri, but when he came back to Arkansas that just made it perfect," Lee said. "I love his up-tempo style and it is a system I think that I play the best in."
Lee was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sophomore of the Year and averaged 27.5 points and seven assists a game.
Iowa State snags GibsonShortly after Brian Gregory took off for Georgia Tech, Percy Gibson, who was once signed with Dayton, decided he would look at other college options.
"After I visited the campus I just felt it was the right place for me," he told Ohlson. "I guess it was just a hunch but when I saw how nice the community was I just knew it was the right decision."
New Iowa State assistant coach Cornell Mann was Gibson's lead recruiter when Gibson committed to Dayton. Now at Iowa State, Mann was a big part of his decision to go with Iowa State.
"It was definitely a factor because he was heavily involved in my recruitment with Dayton and him and I have really built a strong relationship."
Soumaoro will play for GillispieBilly Gillispie picked up a 6-foot-8 big man prospect over the weekend.
"He decided to go to Texas Tech because they have a need for him to play right away," Jaklitsch said. "Texas Tech is in the Big 12 and Billy Gillespie has had a good track record with big kids. They plan on him playing the 4 and liked his ability to face the basket."
Soumaoro also considered Washington, Saint John's, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Maryland.
Other Notes*Luke Hancock announced his decision to transfer from George Mason to Louisville on Saturday. Hancock averaged nearly 11 points and lead his squad in assists during his sophomore season.
*UC-Irvine added Marcus Bradley, of a Del Mar (Calif.) Corona, while Tulsa picked up a commitment from Fork Union (Va.) Military standout David Wishon. Duquesne also picked up 6-foot-8 big man A.J. West.