Scottie Reynolds, the all-american guard who visited LSU with Arthur, was kept in the dark. As late as Monday night, Reynolds told Scout.com that he wouldn't be surprised if the choice was Baylor. Rumors were all over the board on this one and the frankly, he could have picked any one of the 3 schools and there would have been a story.
By picking the Jayhawks over Baylor and LSU, Arthur achieved the element of surprise. He also probably caught KU a little off guard. Had Arthur made this decision months ago, KU would have been the pick but as the process matured, the school of thought was that Kansas (who spoke directly to Arthur just once in the last few weeks according to a source) might have missed its window.
By Monday afternoon, the press conference had been eliminated and an announcement set for Tuesday, fueling the rumors that Arthur would be a Bear. Arthur, according to a source, contacted schools Tuesday morning but still hadn't reached a decision merely hours before the press conference.
Usually in instances like this "the word" begins to leak it. This time around, it didn't happen. In fact, most schools found out the outcome of Arthur's decision through intermediaries and website administrators that were on the grounds for the actual decision.
Arthur didn't begin calling schools until after the announcement, according to our information. This move kept an even tighter lid on the announcement.
The decision was as closely guarded as possible and a tough pill to swallow for those programs, Baylor in particular, which had been recruiting him a long time and did an excellent job in tugging on his hometown heart strings. Lost in the shuffle was the work Indiana and Mike Davis put in prior to his departure at IU. Had Davis remained the coach in Bloomington, the Hoosiers (who at one time led) could easily have been the choice.
The paperwork arrived in Lawrence Tuesday afternoon and then, and only then, was the final chapter in this saga written.
Why the big fuss over Arthur? Well, he's one of the elite prospects in the country. He's 6-foot-9, explosive and has a legitimate face-up game that creates all sorts of match up issues.
For the past two seasons, the knock on the power forward has been consistency. How's this for consistent? During the final 2 years of his high school career, once the state playoffs rolled around, Arthur went to work.
He led South Oak Cliff to back-to-back state championships in Texas and that's not an easy thing to do. When the lights go on and its time to win, Arthur answers the call. He's rock solid when it comes to winning championships and that's why he's an important recruit who earned Top 10 status in the Scout.com Final Top 100 rankings.