FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A pair of nationally-ranked in-state players will join the Arkansas basketball program next year as Fayetteville’s Ronnie Brewer and Little Rock’s Vincent Hunter signed to play for Coach Stan Heath on Wednesday’s first day of the national signing period. Brewer, a 6-6, 190-pound guard, is a star at Fayetteville High School and is the son of former Arkansas All-American Ron Brewer, one of the famed “Triplets” from the 1978 Final Four squad. Hunter, a 6-9, 195-pound center/forward at J.A. Fair High School, addresses Arkansas’ needs inside, especially with the loss of four senior forwards off this year’s club. “This is an exciting day for the Arkansas basketball program,” Heath said. “We felt like we had to land some impact players and we’re happy to announce that Ronnie and Vincent are coming here. Both players will fit into the program well. It’s great for the state of Arkansas to have two players who will step in and help. “Without question, Ronnie can step in and help us. He was a key recruit for us and we expect him to make an immediate contribution. Vincent can play inside or outside. We’ll have to get a little weight on him, but he’s a versatile player and will really be able to help us.” Brewer is rated the No. 18 player in the nation by ESPN and is in the top 65 on most prospect lists.
He averaged 25.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocked shots as a junior at Fayetteville in leading the Bulldogs to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs. He was named to the All-Arkansas team as selected by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and was also named to the All-Sophomore team when he averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds. In addition to the ESPN rating, Hoop Scoop rates him No. 47, Prepstars No. 62 and Dave Telep’s Insidershoop.com lists him as the 63rd-best player in the nation. Brewer chose Arkansas after also considering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas, among others. Hunter was an all-state selection at Fair as both a sophomore and junior.As a junior, he averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.7 blocked shots, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Hunter is rated the 103rd-best senior in the nation by Hoop Scoop magazine. Hunter also considered Tennessee and Mississippi State, among others. “It was important that we get established in our backyard and these two are key players in our state,” Heath said. Heath and his staff expect to add two more signees this week following the completion of the necessary paperwork.