For the better part of the last two summers, Mike Anderson and the Arkansas staff have made senior combo guard Jimmy Whitt a major priority. Tuesday evening, their efforts were rewarded.
During a ceremony at Columbia (Mo.) Hickman, Whitt committed to play his college basketball for the Razorbacks.
"I think the opportunity to play up and down and the opportunity to play right away was huge," Whitt's summer coach, L.J. Goolsby of KC Run GMC, told Rivals.com. "That's some of the things he was looking for in making his decision."
Standing 6-foot-2 and currently checking in as a four-star at No. 52 in the 2015 Rivals150, Whitt is a skilled offensive player.
Whitt's bread-and-butter are his pull-up jump shooting and mid-range game. He is nearly automatic on one- and two-dribble pull-ups, but also has an assortment of runners, floaters and stop-and-go moves that are tough to defend when he is able to put the ball on the floor and get into a rhythm.
Over the last year, Whitt has extended the range on his jump shot and become much better at navigating the pick-and-roll. Though thin and in need of more muscle, Whitt has become a much more explosive athlete and is now capable of playing above the rim when he needs to.
"I would say he is going to be a combo-type guard," Goolsby said. "He can facilitate the offense and he can score, which is his natural strength. He is good with the jumper and can get to the rim."
Looking ahead to his career in Fayetteville, Whitt will need to get stronger and he will have to become more consistently aggressive. However, he has the skill and tools to become a valuable contributor as soon as he arrives in Fayetteville.
Whitt is Arkansas' first commitment from the class of 2015.