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Arkansas continues to add basketball recruits this spring with a center being the latest recruit added to the team.
Ottumwa Indian Hills Community College post Delvon Johnson, 6-foot-9, 220, signed with the Razorbacks Monday afternoon following his weekend visit to Fayetteville. Johnson also considered TCU and Ole Miss.
"The coaches at Arkansas are all real cool," Johnson said. "I can play both the 4 and 5. I will play the 5 if Michael Washington doesn't come back."
Washington led the SEC in rebounds last season and has entered his name into the pool for the 2009 NBA Draft. Washington, however to this point, reportedly hasn't hired an agent thus making his return to Arkansas still possible.
As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game. Those stats are misleading in that this team has nine Division I signees thus no one player was asked to carry the entire scoring or rebounding burden.
"The facilities are great," Johnson said when asked what impressed him about his visit. "My strength is rebounding and blocking shots."
Arkansas now has six signees with a seventh possible. Arkansas continues to recruit Johnson's teammate, small forward Marcus Relphorde, 6-7, 225. Johnson said he will continue to recruit Relphorde and thinks he will also be a Razorback.
Johnson played one year at Western Illinois before heading to Indian Hills. He also played high school basketball with fellow UA-signee Jemal Farmer, 6-5, 214, at Boom Township High School in Richton (Ill.).
Arkansas now has Johnson, West Memphis center Anthony Borden, 7-0, 240, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy power forward Glenn Bryant, 6-8, 200, and Crozet (Va.) Miller School power forward Marshawn Powell, 6-7, 230, to help inside. Those four will team with Farmer, who is from Cloud County (Kan.) Community College, and Jackson (Miss.) Callaway point guard Julysses Nobles, 6-2, 175, to try and bring Arkansas' program back among the elite in the SEC.
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