Townes Makes His Way South

Last year Arkansas was able to recruit a stable of talented wing players. Sensing they needed more beef inside, the Razorbacks switched to big men this season. On Thursday, they added their third commitment of the year.

Stan Heath is building up his troops. After gathering together a wing-dominated recruiting class this season, the former Michigan State assistant turned SEC head coach has gone for the bigs this year.

Steven Hill ( No. 33) was the first to enlist. Al Jefferson (No. 3, was the second recruit and the jewel of the class. Now, Darian Townes (No. 62, 2003) has joined the ranks of the committed.

Townes pledged allegiance to Georgetown last season and was set to be the next great shot blocker in the program but did not qualify. Meanwhile, former Hoyas assistant Ronnie Thompson left D.C. for Fayetteville and as of Thursday, the rest is history.

"He had developed a relationship with assistant coach Ronnie Thompson," Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts said. "When they opened the recruitment it helped Arkansas that Ronnie Thompson was on the staff. He had a great visit and really felt comfortable with coach Heath and saw a great opportunity to be able to come in and play."

Equally as important as the opportunity, is the style of play. "I think the way they play, that'll fit into what Darian does best. He runs the floor as well as any big man in the country. He blocks shots too."

And the long-time defensive whiz is getting better with the ball in his hands. "I think he's definitely starting to have a more all-around game. We're going to go to him inside and we're going to look for him to score for us. We're expanding his game so that he's not just a defensive guy but he can step out to about 15 feet."

Arkansas also has a commitment – on the football side – from Marcus Monk, a talented wing player.

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