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.
Whitt commits to Arkansas
Highly regarded point guard Jimmy Whitt has committed to Arkansas, according to Austin Kim of ABC17 in Columbia, Missouri.
Whitt, 6-3, 170 pounds of Columbia, Missouri, Hickman is rated the No. 21 shooting guard, No. 64 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 1 recruit in Missouri by ESPN.
He averaged 18.7 points, 3 assists and 4.5 steals a game as a sophomore while leading his team to a 26-2 record. He averaged 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 4.4 steals and 1.4 blocks a game as a junior.
He picked Arkansas over numerous offers, including Marquette, Illinois, SMU and Missouri.
Whitt's father, Jim said Jimmy and the family have known Coach Mike Anderson and associate head coach Melvin Watkins since Jimmy was in the third grade. They think highly of Anderson and Watkins as coaches and people.
Whitt's high school team plays uptempo and that was also a big reason for his decision.
The elder Whitt said he started coaching Arkansas running back Kody Walker as a sixth grader up to the start of high school in AAU basketball.