The Newest Hog

The pieces are starting to come together for the Razorbacks. On Saturday, they landed commitment No. 2 and they probably aren't done yet.

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Last year, Julius Lamptey was property of the Georgia Bulldogs. After failing to qualify, he headed to New Hampton. While his college detour took him up north, he'll venture back south for college.

"I was just calling to let you know that I committed to Arkansas," Lamptey said on Saturday afternoon. The former Oklahoma City (OK) Northeast product is the second player to say yes to Stan Heath this year. Vincent Hunter, a versatile forward, committed last month.

Hunter and now Lamptey are two of the building block pieces for Arkansas in the 2003 recruiting class. Small forward Olu Famutimi and swingman Ronnie Brewer are the two big time remaining targets for the Hogs and both players have been on campus in recent weeks. Should the Hogs close the deal with either or both of those prospects, they would be able to put a capper on a super recruiting year.

Last year, everyone wondered the connection between Washington and Lamptey as he listed Georgia, Illinois and the Huskies among his favorites. Well, the connection between Washington and now Arkansas is no longer in doubt. Arkansas assistant Byron Boudreaux coached at Washington last season. Obviously, he played a significant role in bringing Lamptey to Fayetteville.

Lamptey was one of the highest risers on the 2001 AAU scene. While playing for the Athletes First team, he should major offensive progress. He's always been a good rebounder with some natural shot blocking tendencies.

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