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.
Hogs' showing a hit with McClure
Shooting guard King McClure was impressed with Saturday's visit to Arkansas.
Highly rated sophomore shooting guard King McClure was given a heads up by his father, Leroy about Arkansas fans before attending the Hogs 73-71 victory over Missouri at Bud Walton arena on Saturday.
"The fans were unbelievable," Leroy McClure said. "I told him to not be shocked if some comes up to you tell you your name. Sure enough there were a couple of people came up to him. I told King they already know about you. They're definitely showing a major interest in you . He was excited. He's normally quiet."
McClure, 6-3, 200 pounds of Triple A Academy in Dallas has approximately 50 scholarship offers, including Arkansas and is rated the No. 4 prospect and the No. 2 shooting guard in the nation in his class.
"He said he can definitely see that Arkansas is slowly buying into coach Anderson's vision," Leroy said. " We've seen them on television a few times. I encouraged King to keep watching them and see if he saw any improvement."
Leroy McClure is the founder, chief executive officer and superintendent of FOCUS Academy that consists of charter schools, Focus Learning, pre-K to sixth grade and Triple A Academy, seventh through 12th grades. He played the Conway basketball team that went 36-0 in 1976 and still has numerous family members in the area.
The visit was the second for King, who visited Fayetteville in August with his father. After the big win, King and his parents were able to mingle with Coach Mike Anderson and the staff.
"After the game we had an opportunity to go down and talk to them and go into the dressing room," Leroy said. "Coach made it very clear he wants King."
Triple A Academy's style of play is much like Arkansas and would make the adjustment from high school to college easier.
"If you look at their offense and the way they push the ball up the floor and advance the ball," Leroy said. "That's the way we do our offense. We advance the ball and put pressure on the defense all the time when we have the ball. Then we the other team has the ball our defense puts pressure on the offense."
Now, King will focus on the playoffs and then play for the Texas Titians in the spring and summer.
"We won't be visiting any more schools," Leroy said. "We have to stay focus and finish this season."