Now that he’s defended his state championship and made the McDonald’s All-American game, the only thing left for Darrell Arthur to do is make a college choice. It’s something that’s been wearing on him heavily and he’d like to get it over with -- in fact he jokes that the best thing about making a decision will be not having to talk about it anymore -- but it isn’t an easy thing for him to do.
“Right now it’s really just five schools, but my mom wants me to go to either Kansas or Texas so I’ll probably just look at those two schools,” Arthur told Phog.net. “Oklahoma, Baylor and Arizona are the others.”
Having admitted that Kansas and Texas have emerged ahead of the pack, Arthur was careful not to tip his hand about leaning one way or another. However, he does realize that decision day is drawing near and when he returns home from San Diego he’ll be trying to take the necessary steps to finalize his decision.
“I’m not leaning either way between Kansas and Texas,” said Arthur. “I’m trying to sit down with my coaching staff and my granny and my mom some more so that we can talk about it.
“I hope to have a decision either right before or after the Roundball Classic.”
Playing for the West team in San Diego, Arthur is an interesting situation. Playing alongside him are Sherron Collins who is heading to Kansas, Texas bound Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin and Baylor bound Demond Carter. Not surprisingly all of them are making their pitch.
“They’ve all been trying to make their pitches,” said Arthur who will compete in tonight’s dunk contest. “Sherron has been talking to me a lot. We were on our visit to Kansas together so we kind of know each other.”
Try as they might, Arthur says that he won’t let any of them talk him into his decision. It’s going to be about finding the place that he feels the most comfortable and it is something that he hopes to figure out soon.
“Most important will be finding a school that’s the best fit for me, I’m looking for the right coach to look after me like a father figure,” said Arthur. “The team, I need to be able to be good around and cool with them.”