Arthur Trims List; 1st Visit Set

Darrell Arthur, one of the top power forwards in the nation, is down to six schools. His first visit is coming up but will he be ready to decide this fall?

South Oak Cliff in Dallas has seen its share of players run through the program. Most recently, Baylor freshman Kevin Rogers. Head coach James Mays is no stranger to the recruiting process, but the coach says he's learned some things over the years, some things that could help star senior 6-foot-9 Darrell Arthur.

"It's not like this is our first walk around the park," Mays said of having D-I recruits. "I know there were things done in the past that we could have done better and that'll help his process. I the past, we've had kids commit to early. With him we are definitely going to take our time."

According to Mays, Arthur has trimmed his list, will take some visits but don't expect a commitment this fall.

"With all our kids that come through our program, we trim the list," Mays said. "This is the first step. He's going to wait a little longer than the rest have done. He's going to wait until the spring to make the decision. Throughout the process we'll trim and trim and see what's best for him."

At this point in the process, according to Mays, Arthur is down to six schools. "We're at North Carolina, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Baylor and SMU."

According to Mays, Arthur is likely to visit Indiana this coming weekend but no other official visits have been scheduled. "By the end of this week, we'll probably have them set up."

So, visits could be set but a decision is another matter. Mays thinks programs who really want Arthur should keep a spot open for him.

"We want to get this right," Mays said. "We don't want to rush this and we don't have to. If a scholarship is there in the spring and it's known it'll be there then we now they're serious. If not, we know they aren't serious.

"We aren't going to get into a situation where we are pressured. They'll hold a scholarship for a guy of his caliber."

Mays said he wasn't sure if Arthur would take his full allotment of visits this fall or reserve some until the spring. Waiting, according to Mays, is always an option.

The question remains to be seen. How many programs will have the ability to wait on Arthur should he decide to play it close to the vest until the spring? The MVP of the state tournament averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior.

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