FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson announced on Wednesday that Seminole State College point guard Jabril Durham has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the program for the 2014-15 season.
Durham, a native of Dallas, will have two years of eligibility with the Razorbacks. Over two years with stops at Seminole State (NJCAA Division I) and Lubbock Christian (NAIA Division I), Durham accumulated 957 points, 332 rebounds, 341 assists and 116 steals over 59 games.
“Jabril fills a need in the backcourt, possessing the ability to create for others and score the basketball from the point guard position,” said Anderson. “He’s a great fit to our style of play and brings maturity, stability and leadership to the team. He plays with a grit and toughness that is required to play the brand of basketball that Arkansas is known for. I’m excited to welcome him to the Razorback family.”
Durham’s ability to score and create was on full display as a sophomore this past season at Seminole State, as he finished as the only player in NJCAA Division I in the top 20 nationally in scoring (16th) and assists (9th). Reaching double figures in all 30 games, highlighted by 16 performances of 20+ points and three of 30 or more, Durham averaged a team-high 21.2 points while shooting 50 percent (204-407) from the field, 74 percent (187-252) at the free throw line and 44 percent (41-93) from three-point land.
Named the NJCAA Region 2 first team, Durham also posted team-bests of 6.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Durham led Seminole State in nearly every statistical category thanks to nine double-doubles with six of the point-assist variety and three others of the point-rebound variety. In the season opener, Durham nearly had a quadruple-double with 15 points, 10 assists, 10 steals and nine rebounds. Without figuring in whether assists came on two-point field goals or three-pointers, Durham had a hand in 1,040 of the Seminole points, good for 41 percent of the team’s scoring.
Durham transferred to Seminole State following his freshman year at NAIA Lubbock Christian where he averaged 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and a team-best 4.8 assists while making 26 starts. Durham ranked 13th in NAIA Division I in assists per game and 20th with a total of 139 helpers, while also adding a team-high 41 steals. Over the 29-game season, Durham reached double figures 18 times with a pair of double-doubles.
Durham is part of a four-member class for the Razorbacks that also includes freshmen Nick Baab (Arlington, Texas/Arlington Martin HS), Anton Beard (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock HS) and Trey Thompson (Madison, Ark./Forrest City HS). Also eligible to play in 2014-15 is West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles who sat out 2013-14 due to NCAA four-year transfer rules.
Arkansas also returns eight players, including six of its top seven scorers, from the 2013-14 squad that went 22-10 overall and advanced to the NIT second round, good for the program’s first 20-win season and postseason berth since 2008.