Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Arkansas waiting on signatures
Little Rock Hall's Bobby Portis, rated one of the nation's top players, will sign with Arkansas on Friday.
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson and his staff didn’t sign any player Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period, but expects two in the next two days.
Center Moses Kingsley, 6-10, 220 pounds, of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep is expected to sign today at 1:45 p.m. and Little Rock Hall power forward Bobby Portis, 6-9 1/2, 220 pounds will do the same at a 1 p.m. ceremony at his school Friday.
The two have been teammates on the AAU Arkansas Wings the past two years. Portis said he is looking forward to being Kingsley’s teammate at Arkansas.
“Moses and I play real well together,” Portis said. “Because what I can’t do he can do and what he can’t do I can do. We have like a connection on the court. I don’t know what it is, when we hit the court it’s on.”
Basketball recruiting expert Van Coleman rates Portis as the nation’s No. 13 prospect and Kingsley No. 52.
Coleman, national director of basketball for XOFan. com as well as running Hot100hoops.com scouting service, rates the Hogs’ 2013 class as No. 12 in the country.
Jacksonville guard-forward Jessica Jackson, who’s rated the nation’s No. 14 prospect by Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, orally committed to the Hogs in August but said Tuesday that she planned to wait until the spring signing period to sign.
The 6-2 Jackson chose the Razorbacks over more than 30 scholarship offers, including Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Kentucky.
Sports, Pages 19 on 11/15/2012