Marshawn Powell's calling card on the hardwood is playing hard, playing with energy and playing with a do-what-it-takes attitude. That mentality will serve him well in the SEC. The Rivals150 prospect ended his recruitment on Saturday.
Powell verbally committed to Arkansas on Saturday. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward from The Miller School in Crozet, Virginia told Rivals.com his decision was based on the brand of basketball John Pelphrey has employed in Fayetteville.
"I just like the way they play. Their system is really wide open and I want to try to give them whatever I can to help them win," Powell said. "They have some good big men and some good wings so I want to go there and just play hard and do whatever they need me to do."
The Razorbacks might be a bit of a surprise to those in Virginia, Powell said. He also strongly considered Maryland, Virginia, Florida State and LaSalle.
"I know I probably hurt some feelings with some people around here but I had to do what was right for me," Powell said.
A connection to current Razorback Stefan Welsh also played a part in his decision, Powell said.
"He's like my family," Powell said.
For Arkansas, Powell brings a no-nonsense attitude that leads to high production and a mismatch at the power forward position. Powell is ranked 45th in the class of 2009 by Rivals.com.