Sonny Day In Fayetteville

Fort Smith Junior College standout Sonny Weems ended his recruitment Friday afternoon. The native of Arkansas decided that staying home was a priority.

Sonny Weems, a 6-foot-6 third-team junior college all-american, committed to the University of Arkansas Friday afternoon. Weems had narrowed his choices down to Arkansas and Tennessee.

The former Arkansas Angels AAU standout figured that by staying close to home everyone would benefit. "Being close to my home town, they'll take care of me," Weems said. "My mom won't have to go that far to come to the games."

Weems is widely considered to be one of the elite players in junior college basketball. That means he'll be counted on to be a factor in the program from the moment he steps onto campus.

"I can come in and start right away and have a big impact on the team," Weems said. "I'm a real good penetrator and I can step outside and shoot the 3. I can get up on my and play man to man defense. Whatever you want, I go it."

After scoring 17 points a game last season at Fort Smith JC, Weems feels like he's ready to take his high-wire athletic act to the SEC. Junior college has been good to Weems as he's broadened his horizons in a big way since his final year of high school when it was just UAB that offered.

"I worked real hard since high school to get to where I'm at."

Where he's at is on the top of the junior college mountain where the outlook is bright for his juco standout.

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