It’s been a tough couple weeks for Hog fans.
First, news breaks that their basketball team’s best player, Marshawn Powell, tore knee ligaments during practice and will miss the rest of the season.
Then, of course, the 41-17 shellacking at the hands of LSU’s football team last Friday.
It’s possible some fans looking for a little solace moseyed over to Forrest City, Ark., where the David J. Cohn Rumble on the Ridge, one of the nation’s top 8-team high school basketball tournaments, was held over Thanksgiving weekend.
There, in Forrest City High School’s gym, downcast fans could have glimpsed visions of Razorbacks glory in its past and future forms. Near the entrance is a plaque dedicated to Forrest City Mustangs who went on to play for the ‘64 Razorbacks, the only national championship team in Arkansas’ football history: Jim Lindsey, Jim Finch, Richard Trail and Jim Williams. On the court below, they could have seen 6-feet-8 junior Bobby Portis, a Razorback commit, man the middle for his Little Rock Hall squad. Or see how a few highly touted Razorback recruits stacked up against other elite talent.
One of the most interesting prospects was sophomore Trey Thompson, a native of Madison, a Forrest City satellite town also producing former Razorback guard Marcus Britt. Indeed, the 6-feet-8, 240-pound Thompson grew up playing ball at the city park with Britt, said his father Felix Thompson. And a couple years ago, Thompson said he played for Corliss Williamson, then a summer league team head coach, as a member of the U14 Arkansas Hawks.
Nowadays, ESPN ranks Thompson as the nation’s 25th best player in his class and he backed up that ranking by averaging 12.3 points, eight rebounds and 4.7 blocks in three games. Catch some of those shot atlterations here: