Ted Kapita has decided to spend his college career in Fayetteville with the Razorbacks.
Arkansas knows they have two scholarships available for the class of 2015 with Ky Madden and Alandise Harris as seniors. Top 100 prospect Jimmy Whitt signed with the Hogs last fall - filling Madden's spot in the backcourt, and now top 50 prospect Kapita will take his Harris' spot in the frontcourt.
Kapita has been playing at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, the same school Moses Kingsley went to. He's a consensus 4* prospect ranked around #40 on all the recruiting services. He chose Arkansas over finalists Memphis and Missouri, and also reported offers from Kansas, Florida, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma State, and others.
Here's what NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips had to say:
"Ted Kapita is a great pickup for Arkansas. He provides another talented and athletic big man who can either back up or replace Bobby Portis next season. As long as his motor is running, he’s a talented prospect."
There has been some concern about his health. He suffered a pinched nerve in his hip that's forcing him to miss some time and preventing him from having the senior season he wanted. Hopefully, he'll be fully healthy by the time he gets to Fayetteville.
He took an official visit to Arkansas last fall, so the Razorbacks have been on his radar for a while. It's a huge pickup for Mike Anderson and the Razorbacks. The Hogs are finally back among the top teams in the SEC and this combo of Whitt and Kapita suggests Anderson will potentially be able to maintain this status as players move in and move out. Bobby Portis obviously could declare for the NBA after the season, as could Michael Qualls, but that's uncertain as of now.
If everyone stays, Arkansas is done for the class of 2015 and all eyes can look toward the class of 2016 and Bentonville star Malik Monk. If Portis or anybody else decides to leave, the Hogs will have more spots to fill this spring, and it's unknown which players they might be seriously looking for and which ones might be looking at Arkansas.
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