Hickman basketball star Jimmy Whitt chooses Arkansas over Missouri

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 5:06 p.m. CDT; updated 7:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMBIA – Hickman boys basketball star Jimmy Whitt verbally committed to the University of Arkansas on Tuesday.

The Hickman senior said his decision came down to Missouri and Arkansas, but a recent unofficial visit to Fayetteville on Friday and Saturday sealed the deal for him.

"It was really talking to coach (Mike) Anderson," Whitt said about a conversation with the former Missouri and current Arkansas coach. "We had a really good talk for like an hour in his office. He said I'll really be able to make an impact right away, and that's really important to me."

Whitt said he felt Arkansas was the best fit once he left the school Saturday and returned to Columbia. But he didn't want to make a decision with his emotions high off the visit, so he waited a couple days and had extensive talks with his parents.

"We would have supported him anywhere he decided to go," said his mother, Annelle Whitt.

The Columbia native narrowed his decision down to five schools on Aug. 5 — Arkansas, Illinois, Marquette, Missouri and Southern Methodist — and had official visits set for each school but said he didn't want to lead on any schools if he already had his mind made up.

The NCAA signing period begins Nov. 12, which is when Whitt can officially sign a national letter of intent to play for the Razorbacks.

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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