FAYETTEVILLE- The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team’s 2011 recruiting class is widely considered one of the best in the nation and the following is the first of five features about the signees.
Much has been said about the University of Arkansas 2011 men’s basketball recruiting class and while large spotlights have been focused on the in-state and nationally ranked players, Devonta Abron could be one of the best signees for head coach John Pelphrey and this class.
Abron is a 6-8, 225 pound specimen that has the ability to take over games in the low post. Last season he was the District 4A Offensive Player of the Year, leading Seagoville High School in scoring at nearly 25 points per game. He also averaged more than 13 rebounds per contest as he led the Dragons in that category as well. A multi-time all-district player, Abron led Seagoville to the first round of the state playoffs a year ago and as a sophomore scored a school record 50 points in a game against North Dallas.
"This young man is of high character and a tremendous student," Pelphrey said during his signing day press conference. "Devonta Abron is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. He has proven to be a tough, physical, rough, rugged guy around the basket who can score the ball, who can rebound the ball, dunk and finish plays. He has long arms and is a playmaker with his shot blocking ability. Because of how hard Devonta works and who he is, he has already started developing perimeter skills with his ball handling and his shooting. Like the rest of the guys he is very humble and hungry to work and get better and is head over heels about being a Razorback."
While Abron’s high school credentials are impressive, his play with the Dallas Mustangs AAU program is also of note. Abron was a member of three AAU Tournament wins last summer including the Real Deal in the Rock, Test the Waters and the Great American Shoot Out.