FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas received a verbal commitment from Columbia (Mo.) Hickman High guard Jimmy Whitt on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 Whitt announced his decision during a ceremony at his school. He selected the Razorbacks over Missouri, SMU, Marquette and Illinois.
“My heart wasn’t at Missouri, it was at Arkansas,” Whitt told Hawgs Illustrated. “There was just no reason to lead anyone on after I knew what I wanted to do.”
Scout.com and Rivals.com rate Whitt as a four-star prospect on a five-star scale. Both recruiting services also have Whitt rated 52nd in the 2015 signing class. He is the first 2015 prospect to make a verbal commitment to the Razorbacks.
Whitt averaged 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 4.4 steals a game as a junior. Witt, who has known Anderson and members of the Razorbacks staff for years, made an unofficial visit to Arkansas last weekend.
“They’ve watched him grow and develop and always kept an interest in both him as a young man and as a basketball player as he came along,” Whitt’s father, James Whitt, told Hawgs Illustrated. “We made it real clear to him that our relationship with the coaches should not have any bearing on his decision, but we honestly are happy that he came to this decision because we know and love those guys.
“I also think he’ll be a perfect fit for their system and his talents will be utilized to the fullest. I think Arkansas is on its way to doing great things and I’m happy that Jimmy will be a part of it.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau