"He never wavered from the beginning," Darien Mickelson, Hunter's father, said. "Pelphrey was there since he was a freshman. Any time he could be there anywhere Hunter was at, over the last three years he was there."
Mickelson, a 2011 prospect out of Jonesboro (Ark.) Westside, picked Pelphreys' squad over Maryland, Florida and Minnesota. The elder Mickelson cited his relationship and Hunter's desire to help Arkansas improve.
"They have a good relationship," he said. "Hunter is an Arkansas kid and he wants to bring them back to the traditional days and restore a winning tradition hopefully."
Mickelson, who averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists a game last year, is Arkansas second verbal commitment. He joins Aaron Ross in the 2011 class.