Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
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Danberry connects with Dykes, commits to Hogs
4/3/14 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B.THORNTON Feature art of Conway's Jordan Danberry, who is our Miss Basketball for 2014
Arkansas women’s Coach Jimmy Dykes and his staff have three oral commitments for the 2015 basketball class, two in-state and one beyond the borders of the Natural State.
Last week, Conway point guard Jordan Danberry said she wanted to be a Razorback and gave Dykes much of the credit.
“I believe he's a good man and a good coach,” Danberry said. “I like how he coaches, he's very positive and a lot of energy.”
Danberry, 5-8, is rated the No. 49 prospect in the nation by Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She chose the Hogs over scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Kansas State.
She and Dykes share the same way of life.
“He’s a good Christian man,” Danberry said. “I believe in my faith and in my religion. God has a perfect timing and it’s a reason why he became the coach right before my senior year. So I just feel like it was meant to be.”
Danberry was named to the All-Arkansas Preps first team and the All-Arkansas Preps Player of the Year after leading Conway to a 28-5 record last season and the Class 7A state championship.
“I think to pass first and shoot second,” Danberry said. “I feel like a great pass is just as exciting as a great shot. I would like to drive to the hole, do a pull-up, shoot the three every now and then. I just like to make great passes.”
The Razorbacks also have commitments from North Little Rock point guard Malica Monk, 5-5, and forward Keiryn Swenson, 6-2, of Wichita, (Kan.) Maize.