King Arthur

There is no doubting that the class of 2006 has a plentiful supply of bouncy and lengthy big men with big time skills. Kevin Durant, Vernon Macklin, Brandon Wright, and Derrick Caracter are some kids who come to mind and there is no doubt that Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff stud <a href=>Darrell Arthur</a> belongs in that group.

To his high school coach, James Mays, the 6-9 Arthur is just another good player.

"I guess you could say he's one of the better players I have," laughed Mays. "He plays hard, he's real athletic and runs the floor real well for a big guy. He can hit the mid range jumper and put it on the floor a little, too."

"He plays hard, he's real athletic and runs the floor real well for a big guy."
Although he plays the four now, it easy to see why Mays feels that Arthur will eventually play the wing. He's extremely light on his feet, runs swiftly and has superb lateral movement. Add to that he has soft touch and good form on medium range jumpers combined with a quick burst off the floor around the hoops and you've got a nice looking prospect.

Sure he needs to add weight and become more consistent, but anybody who has seen Arthur when he's got his full skill package on display wants him. Among his top schools are hometown SMU, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. However, the NBA has been mentioned as a possible destination on more than one occasion.

"This kid, he tries to take it one day at a time," said Mays. "He's into school right now and trying to enjoy that rather than thinking about the riches of the NBA."

Actually ask anybody who knows the kid, who goes by the nickname of "Slim Shady," and they'll tell you he is pretty shy and isn't looking for attention. Because of that, you won't see him do too many interviews and according to Coach Mays, they'll try to avoid discussing schools very much until the end of his season, which opened on Wednesday night with a 69-53 win over Lewisville (Texas) High – Arthur combined with star teammate Kevin Rogers for 48 of those 69 points.

"Darrell's not really the type of kid whose into the whole recruiting thing," said. "He's not like any other kid I've had. I've had some guys who love the attention and look for it. His whole demeanor and personality is different though it doesn't phase him at all."

One thing is certain, Arthur is well aware of how North Carolina head man Roy Williams feels about him as a player. The Tar Heels -- along with the rest of the schools on his list -- have offered a scholarship and will certainly be out to see the talented junior again this winter.

"He (Williams) indicated that he loves everything about him, how hard he plays, his demeanor, everything," said Mays. "He'd take Darrell today if he wanted to come. I talked to Coach Robinson recently and they have our schedule and will be out to see him."

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